Previous TCMS teacher sentenced in Federal Court on child pornography charge

TAYLOR COUNTY—A former Taylor County Middle School teacher was sentenced in a federal court in Clarksburg earlier this week after entering a plea agreement.

Randy McKinley, 58, of Bridgeport, was sentenced in federal court to 168 months, or 14 years, of imprisonment on a child pornography charge, according to United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld.

The defendant had entered into a plea deal in November 2021, to one count of possession of child pornography, after admitting to having pornography with children under the age of 12 in October 2020 in Harrison County.

McKinley was originally charged with distributing and exhibiting material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, after an investigation was launched by the Bridgeport Police Department, in conjunction with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police.

According to a criminal complaint filed by officers, McKinley was arrested 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 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.

Superintendent Christy Miller reassures parents that during the course of the investigation, there was nothing found to indicate any involvement with Taylor County students. 

McKinley’s employment at Taylor County Schools was ended when the school system received notification of a possible forthcoming charge.

“Mr. McKinley resigned from his position on March 2, 2021, the day the school was notified by police that an investigation was underway,” Miller voiced. “Taylor County Schools has always been and will continue to remain committed to the safety of our students.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Danae DeMasi-Lemon prosecuted the case. Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.


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