Former High School Teacher Appears in Court on Child Porn Charges

By: David Patrick
By: David Patrick

New information is being released today in a federal child pornography case that involves a former Lincoln County teacher.

Federal agents outlined in court their case against Joseph Briley, a former Lincoln County High School teacher and band director, who's facing a federal indictment.

An FBI agent testified about what they found when they searched Briley's home.

Agents say they seized computers that contained several hundred images of child pornography.

The agent told a federal judge that a parent's concern over a relationship between her 14-year-old daughter and Briley prompted the initial search.

Once inside the home, agents seized computers they say contained several hundred images of young girls between the ages 8 and 12. Investigators say many of the images were of girls in classroom or school settings.

The FBI agent also testified about an investigation still ongoing into Briley's relationship with at least two other students at Lincoln County High School.

The agent says other students described the girls as "dating" the former teacher beginning their freshman years and going through graduation.

No evidence of sexual relationships were presented in court today, but prosecutors admit they are investigating allegations of inappropriate touching involving Briley and a 14-year-old girl during a band trip earlier this year.

Briley remains in the Fayette County Detention Center. During today's hearing, the federal judge refused to set bond for Briley, saying he posed a danger to the community.


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