A conservative anti-gay Kentucky principal who made national headlines after banning books with “homosexual content” has been indicted on multiple child pornography related charges.
Phillip Todd Wilson was arrested last August on multiple counts of child pornography related crimes. At the time of his arrest he was principal of the Area Technology Center located at George Rogers Clark High School, in Winchester, Kentucky. Now the former principal (the Kentucky Department of Education says Wilson is no longer the principal) has been indicted for his crimes. WKYT TV reports:
A Clark County grand jury has indicted the former principal of the Clark County Area Technology Center.
Phillip Todd Wilson was indicted on 17 child pornography-related crimes.
The charges are for possession and promoting matter portraying sexual performance by a minor under the age of 16.
The Winchester Sun reports:
Thursday, the Clark County grand jury indicted Wilson on 11 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and six counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor. Both charges are class D felonies with a sentence of one to five years upon conviction.
Wilson is no stranger to headlines. The criminally deranged former high school principal first came to fame in 2009 after banning books with “homosexual content” from his high school. Newsweek reports:
In 2009, when Wilson was the principal of Montgomery County High School, he came under fire for banning a number of books from the classroom for “homosexual content.”
The controversy was over a number of contemporary young-adult books being taught next to classic works like Beowulf. Teacher Risha Mullins used books including Lessons From a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles, Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson, Deadline by Chris Crutcher and Unwind by Neal Shusterman as optional selections for her students, according to a contemporary report by the blog, Kentucky School News and Commentary.
Jo Knowles, author of Lessons From a Dead Girl, one of the books Wilson banned, sent out the following tweet after news of Wilson’s arrest became public:
I was a very new author at the time and the press coverage was overwhelming. I was horrified by the accusations he and the superintendent made. And heartbroken for the brave teacher who stood up for our books.
— Jo Knowles (@JoKnowles) August 28, 2019
On Facebook Knowles declared:
You can’t make this shit up.
Bottom line: Kentucky principal Phillip Todd Wilson, an anti-gay conservative who made national headlines after banning books with “homosexual content,” has been indicted on 17 child pornography-related crimes.
(Large portions of this story were previously published here.)