- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A former Fayette County teacher has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after admitting he received child pornography on his cellphone.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 32-year-old Joshua Mark Taylor of Weirton was sentenced Wednesday. He pleaded guilty in June.

The Register-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1iMK7Lu ) that Taylor was a teacher at Collins Middle School between March 2013 and January 2014. Taylor admitted he exchanged a large volume of text messages with a 12-year-old Collins Middle School student in November 2013.

Taylor also admitted that from about November 2013 to January of 2014, he persuaded the student to take photographs of her genital area and send them to him on his cell phone. He also distributed the images through interstate commerce.

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Information from: The Register-Herald, https://www.register-herald.com

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