Vincent man sentenced for child porn charge

A former Vincent High School football standout was sentenced recently on child pornography charges.

Reginald Kyle McGinnis, 20, of Vincent was sentenced to 70 months in prison without parole on charges of receipt of child pornography.

Alice H. Martin, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, said McGinnis was sentenced Oct. 9 by U.S. District Judge Edwin L. Nelson.

&uot;On Feb. 12, 2002, McGinnis was in possession and receipt of a videotape depicting him engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a 13-year-old girl. This type of reprehensible conduct will be vigorously prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office,&uot; Martin said.

The court also found that McGinnis, a Vincent High School senior and All-County atlete at the time, had engaged in a pattern of sexual abuse and exploitation involving another 13-year-old girl in 1999.

Along with his prison sentence, McGinnis was fined $1,000 and was given three-years supervised release following completion of his prison term.

While on supervised release, according to Martin, he may not have unsupervised contact with children under 18, other than children of his own.

According to previous reports in the Shelby County Reporter, McGinnis’s pornography charge stemmed from a video he and five of his VHS classmates had produced on school grounds.

The students were suspended from the school as a result of an investigation conducted by VHS principal Lowell Martin and Shelby County school administrators. McGinnis and one other student were placed in the Shelby County Alternative School until his arrest.

School officials confiscated a video camera after a teacher noticed suspicious student behavior. The school board then turned the videotape over to the Sheriff’s Department.

McGinnis was arrested by members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Innocent Images Task Force following an investigation involving special agents of the FBI, the United States Postal Inspection

Service and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Phillips prosecuted the case