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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 20, 2017

Jefferson County Schools HR Director and Former Hueytown Middle School Principal Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Enticement and Child Pornography Charges

BIRMINGHAM – Jefferson County Schools’ human resources director and former Hueytown Middle School principal pleaded guilty today to federal charges of enticing a minor and receiving and possessing child pornography, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey, FBI Special Agent in Charge Roger Stanton, Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven D. Anderson and Hueytown Police Chief Chuck Hagler.

BRETT WILLIAM KIRKHAM, 40, of Tuscaloosa, entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler to one count of enticing a minor and one count of possession of child pornography. Kirkham’s sentencing hearing is not yet scheduled.

The maximum penalty for child enticement is life imprisonment and a fine of $250,000; the maximum penalty for possessing child pornography is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The FBI, Tuscaloosa Police Department, and Hueytown Police Department investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Ward is prosecuting.

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Updated March 20, 2017