Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Minister, Headmaster Sentenced to 30 Years for Child Porn
This and the following two come via YH:
Huntsville, Alabama - A Valley minister and former school headmaster has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for child pornography.
A U.S. District judge sentenced 35-year old Alan Webster Tuesday afternoon.
Webster tearfully pleaded for leniency, but also acknowledged the crimes he committed.
"He took full responsibility for it. He wasn't trying to talk his way out of punishment to shift blame to someone else or something else," said Webster's attorney, Robert Tuten.
Reaction in the Heart of the Valley is mixed, especially at Huntsville Christian Academy where Webster was the headmaster.
Teachers, parents and students at the school knew the day of sentencing would come for Webster. But never knew how they would react until reality hit.
In December 2004, Alan Webster roamed the halls of Huntsville Christian Academy as the school's headmaster.
Five days before Christmas,10 FBI agents showed up unannounced, copied hard drives of all 50 computers in the school. They were looking for child pornography.
They believed Webster was responsible. His colleagues, his friends, were shocked.
Reggie Whiddon, administrator who hired Webster, first as a classroom teacher.
Webster worked his way up to assistant principal, then headmaster.
Whiddon says justice has been served.
"I'm glad it's behind us. I'm sure he feels same way, decision been made and everyone can move on with life," said Whiddon.
Child pornography images were found on Webster's home and work computer. Webster also admitted to producing nude pictures of one of his students.
"What did occur is definitely a sin against God, parents, the students, the school," he said.
A trust betrayed, but one people are willing to forgive.
"If Alan or anyone has asked God to forgive of sin...then the Lord forgives," said Whiddon.
Webster was released on bond. He'll report to prison on January 5th.
See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.
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