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Phillip Todd Wilson, 54, head of the Clark County Area Technology Center, located at the George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, was detained by state forces on Tuesday

A former high school headmaster in Kentucky who first made headlines in 2009 because he banned books from the classroom because they believed they & # 39; soft pornography & # 39; and & # 39; homosexual content & # 39; , is back in public interest after his arrest on Tuesday for alleged possession and distribution of child pornography.

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Phillip Todd Wilson, 54, head of the Clark County Area Technology Center, located at the George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, was taken into custody by state forces following a complaint from someone at the school who claimed that Wilson had sent another staff member images with a minor.

A search for his digital devices yielded 15 images of child pornography, which resulted in 15 counts of matter depicting sexual performance by a minor and another 15 counts for allegedly distributing the images.

Clark County Public Schools published a statement on Wednesday morning that the district was "shocked and appalled" by Wilson's arrest and subsequent allegations against him.

Phillip Todd Wilson, 54, head of the Clark County Area Technology Center, located at the George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, was detained by state forces on Tuesday

Phillip Todd Wilson, 54, head of the Clark County Area Technology Center, located at the George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, was detained by state forces on Tuesday

His arrest came after a complaint from someone at the school who claimed that Wilson had sent another staff member explicit images with a minor

His arrest came after a complaint from someone at the school who claimed that Wilson had sent another staff member explicit images with a minor

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His arrest came after a complaint from someone at the school who claimed that Wilson had sent another staff member explicit images with a minor

The spokesperson added that the district cooperates with law enforcement in the investigation and cooperates with the Kentucky Department of Education to ensure that children are not affected or involved in the program.

"Philip Wilson is no longer a member of the Ministry of Education," department officials assured.

Wilson also previously worked with the school districts of Montgomery County and Madison County, and he worked as a referee with the Kentucky High School Athletics Association – a task he has since been suspended from.

The 54-year-old was taken to Clark County detention center with a $ 25,000 bail.

In 2009, when he was director of the Montgomery County High School in Mount Sterling, Wilson caused a wealth of controversy following complaints from a number of parents about various contemporary young-adult novels that, in addition to classical works such as & # 39; Beowulf & # 39; were taught in English lessons.

The books include Lessons From a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles, Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson, Deadline by Chris Crutcher and Unwind by Neal Shusterman, all of which contain dirty language and cover topics – including sex, child abuse, suicide and drug abuse – unsuitable for discussion in high school classes & # 39 ;, said the complainants.

Clark County Public Schools published a statement on Wednesday morning that the district was "shocked and dismayed" as a result of Wilson's arrest and subsequent allegations against him
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Clark County Public Schools published a statement on Wednesday morning that the district was "shocked and dismayed" as a result of Wilson's arrest and subsequent allegations against him

Clark County Public Schools published a statement on Wednesday morning that the district was "shocked and dismayed" as a result of Wilson's arrest and subsequent allegations against him

In 2009, when he was director of the Montgomery County High School in Mount Sterling, Wilson caused a wealth of controversy following complaints from a number of parents about various contemporary young-adult novels that include classical works such as & # 39; Beowulf & # 39 ; were taught in English lessons

Risha Mullins, the teacher who included the books in her curriculum, then wrote in a blog post that an parent of a student who chose to read Lessons From a Dead Girl had an email with Wilson, the Chief Inspector, and other school directors sent, claiming they & # 39; soft pornography & # 39; taught.

The books include Lessons From a Dead Girl (above) by Jo Knowles, Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson, Deadline by Chris Crutcher and Unwind by Neal Shusterman, all of which contain dirty language and cover topics - including sex, child abuse, suicide and drug abuse - not suitable for discussion in high school classes & # 39 ;, said the complainants.
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The books include Lessons From a Dead Girl (above) by Jo Knowles, Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson, Deadline by Chris Crutcher and Unwind by Neal Shusterman, all of which contain dirty language and cover topics - including sex, child abuse, suicide and drug abuse - not suitable for discussion in high school classes & # 39 ;, said the complainants.

The books include Lessons From a Dead Girl (above) by Jo Knowles, Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson, Deadline by Chris Crutcher and Unwind by Neal Shusterman, all of which contain dirty language and cover topics – including sex, child abuse, suicide and drug abuse – not suitable for discussion in high school classes & # 39 ;, said the complainants.

Wilson and other officials agreed with the injured parents and decided to remove the relevant books from Mullins' class.

& # 39; After that email, my curriculum coach told me – in the director's office, with him – that she should beg the superintendent not to close the Moo Moo Book Club and quote him when she said: & # 39; another problem with booking and the club is gone. & # 39; I remember asking if he could do that. And I remember she was smiling, & Mullins wrote at the time.

Mullins added that she later received a letter that every book would be drawn and evaluated in her class library and on the reading list of her book club.

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She claims that no official indictment was filed against one of the books, despite the school board's policy to suspend a book.

Mullins also became the subject of fierce criticism in the local paper and claimed that the coverage made her colleagues refuse to talk to her.

Risha Mullins (above), the teacher who included the books in her curriculum, then wrote in a blog post that a parent of a student who chose to read her Lessons From a Dead Girl along with Wilson, the superintendent and school board members claim they are & # 39; soft pornography & # 39; taught

Risha Mullins (above), the teacher who included the books in her curriculum, then wrote in a blog post that a parent of a student who chose to read her Lessons From a Dead Girl along with Wilson, the superintendent and school board members claim they are & # 39; soft pornography & # 39; taught

Risha Mullins (above), the teacher who included the books in her curriculum, then wrote in a blog post that a parent of a student who chose to read her Lessons From a Dead Girl along with Wilson, the superintendent and school board members claim they are & # 39; soft pornography & # 39; taught

In the light of Wilson's arrest, several authors of the forbidden books have spoken on social media

In the light of Wilson's arrest, several authors of the forbidden books have spoken on social media

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In the light of Wilson's arrest, several authors of the forbidden books have spoken on social media

In the light of Wilson's arrest, several authors of the forbidden books have spoken on social media.

"A man tried to ban Speak from school and public libraries in 2009 because it was & # 39; pornographic & # 39 ;, & # 39; tweette author Laurie Halse Anderson. "I wrote an op-ed in his newspaper and said that anyone who finds the rape of a 14-year-old sexually exciting has serious problems. "Toxic leaders use their power to protect their evil," she concluded.

In a post on Facebook, the author of Lessons From a Dead Girl said that Jo Knowles is a & # 39; very new author & # 39; was in 2009, when the Montgomery County district banned its books for & # 39; homosexual and other content & # 39 ;, in which he said the press reported at that time & # 39; overwhelming & # 39 ;.

"I was shocked by the accusations (Wilson) and the superintendent. And deeply sad for the brave teacher Risha Allen Mullins who stood up for our books and received so much unfair criticism, & # 39; wrote Knowles.

Knowles added that she "had a lot of feelings now," and told some friends when she got the news of Wilson's arrest: "You can't make up for this."

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