Alabama school official pleads guilty to child porn charges

Brett Kirkham, who has plead guilty to child pornography charges. He is also accused of having sex with a student. (Tuscaloosa County Jail via WHNT)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The former personnel director for one of Alabama’s largest public school districts has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges.

A statement from prosecutors says 40-year-old Brett William Kirkham of Tuscaloosa pleaded guilty Monday to one count of enticing a minor and one count of possessing child pornography.

Kirkham is a one-time human resources director for Jefferson County schools in Birmingham. He is also a former principal at Hueytown Middle School.

A plea agreement in federal court means prosecutors could drop charges against Kirkham in state court, where the educator faces charges of having sex with a student in two counties.

Records show Kirkham was once the student’s principal at the school.

Kirkham faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, but a judge hasn’t yet scheduled a sentencing date.

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