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Former Lee County sheriff's deputy sentenced to 20 years on child porn charges

(Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A former Lee County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on child pornography charges, the United States Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Kevin Wayne Taylor, 40, was sentenced Thursday for receiving and possessing child pornography, according to acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama A. Clark Morris. 

In 2016, Taylor was charged in relation to an investigation involving a 10-year-old victim who reported to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office that Taylor had inappropriately touched her and took pictures of her genital area. The sheriff’s office forwarded the report to the State Bureau of Investigation, who executed a search warrant at Taylor’s residence, according to Morris. 

During the execution of the search warrant, agents found over 1,600 images of child pornography on three computers. One of the computers containing child pornography was Taylor’s official Lee County Sheriff’s Office laptop computer, according to SBI officials. Evidence indicated that Taylor had been collecting these images for approximately eleven years.

“Kevin Taylor was a child predator disguised as a law enforcement officer who was charged with protecting our community,” Morris said. “Taylor not only failed to protect our community but infected our community by preying on children. I thank the agents and prosecutors in this case for their hard work in obtaining such a strong sentence.  This prosecution should send a message to others that the protection of our children will always be a priority, and those that victimize our children will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones stated, “My office will continue its work to identify threats to the community and we will not tolerate anything but professional conduct from those who serve in our ranks.  When matters such as this are brought to our attention, we will take swift action and assist agencies in any way possible to ensure these types of crimes are dealt with properly.”

Following his prison sentence, Taylor will be subject to supervised release for the remainder of his life. It's possible that he could be released early on good behavior, but law requires that he serve at least 85 percent –  or 204 months – of his sentence before that can happen. 

Morris said that the girl who made the initial report is doing okay. 

Taylor currently remains in the custody of the United States Marshals pending placement by the Bureau of Prisons.

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