Staff Report

A Big Clifty man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography.

United States District Court Judge Greg N. Stivers last week sentenced repeat child sex offender Lawrence William Taylor, 68, to 10 years' imprisonment followed by a life term of supervised release, according to United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.

Taylor was indicted on one count of possession of child pornography on July 25, 2018.

According to the plea agreement, Taylor, in 2004, pleaded guilty to online enticement of a minor in Georgia and was sentenced to 168 months of imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.

The Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry lists the victim's age in this case as 3-years-old.

Upon his release from prison in 2016, Taylor moved to Big Clifty, and, during an unannounced visit to his home on Jan. 11, he was found to have a female and an 11-year-old child living with him – a violation of his supervised release.

During a follow-up meeting, a United States Probation Officer obtained consent for a search of Taylor's cell phone. The United States Secret Service conducted a forensic examination of the cell phone, which revealed the presence of child pornography, adult pornography, and sexually explicit images of children in cartoon format.

Taylor obtained the images from the internet.

Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless prosecuted the case. The United States Probation Office with assistance from the United States Secret Service investigated the case.