Former Homewood Middle School assistant coach sentenced to prison

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A former assistant wrestling and football coach at Homewood Middle School was sentenced to more than eight years in prison on Monday by a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Inge P. Johnson sentenced Joshua David Statum, a 26-year-old from Pelham, to eight years and one month in prison for possessing child pornography.

He will also be required to serve five years of supervised release after completing his prison term.

Statum was found to be in possession of 1,875 images of child pornography in 2011 and 2012.

According to a release from the office of U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, Statum was viewing and sharing child pornography over the internet while he was working as an assistant wrestling and football coach at Homewood High School.

He pleaded guilty to the charges in March of 2013.

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