A former Lee County deputy sheriff was arrested Tuesday for the receipt and possession of child pornography.
Kevin Wayne Taylor, 39, of Phenix City, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury for the receipt and possession of child pornography.
The indictment alleges Taylor received child pornography between Aug. 20, 2004 and Oct. 7, 2015 and was in possession of it on or about Nov. 13, 2015, according to a release from the Department of Justice. Evidence presented to the grand jury revealed the charges occurred in Phenix City.
The indictment and arrest are a result of a complaint of child sexual abuse made to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office last November.
The victim’s mother reported to a responding deputy that she believed her daughter had been inappropriately touched by Taylor, who is an acquaintance of the victim and her family, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office release last November.
“Back in November of last year when we learned of the initial accusation through responding to a call,” Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said. “We immediately turned that circumstance to the SBI for an investigation.”
Taylor was terminated on Nov. 18 upon his arrest, Jones said.
“I think it’s important for the public to know that if we have an individual that is not being true to their oath of office that we want to have it investigated fully and then take whatever action is appropriate based on the facts that are reached during the investigation.”
”We want to make sure that all of our people involved, not only in the sheriff’s office, but in law enforcement in general, are true to their oath of office. And if they’re not then we don’t need to have them involved in our profession—bottom line.”
The release added that the indictment is a method of charging a defendant who “is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”