TAYLOR COUNTY—A former Taylor County Middle School teacher is facing a child pornography charge, following an investigation by the Harrison County Detachment of West Virginia State Police and the Bridgeport Police Department.
Randy McKinley, 57, of Bridgeport, has been charged with distributing and exhibiting material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
According to a criminal complaint filed by officers, McKinley was arrested on Thursday, April 1, after the Internet Crimes Against Children received a tip stating that he had been “uploading child pornography on Facebook” in October.
Through the investigation, officers were able to obtain McKinley’s IP address and Facebook account information. A March 21 search of the Facebook account in the name of Randy McKinley produced thumbnails of images of child pornography.
Following the search, officers were able to obtain a warrant for the contents of the account, where they found approximately 105 videos that were obviously child pornography, according to the complaint.
According to Superintendent Christy Miller, during the course of the investigation, there was nothing found to indicate any involvement with Taylor County students.
"Mr. McKinley resigned effective March 2, 2021 the day we were notified by Lt. Weaver of the Bridgeport Police Department that an investigation was underway," she added.
“If anyone has any further questions in the matter, they can reach out to the Bridgeport Police Department or the West Virginia State Police,” Miller voiced. “Taylor County Schools remains committed to the safety of our students.”
McKinley was arrested, charged and is currently out on bond, awaiting future court hearings in the matter.