ALBANY, N.Y. -- Timothy Tefft, a former teacher and editor of The Greewich Journal and Salem Press, pleaded guilty last week to receiving child pornography and is now facing between 5 and 20 years of imprisonment.

Following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the 64-year-old Tefft was charged in September 2013 with three felony counts of possession of child pornography.

During the plea hearing, Tefft admitted that between Jan 1, 2009, and May 3, 2011, he accessed the Internet, downloaded and possessed dozens of files that contained child pornography. He also admitted that on occasion he would save the child pornography files onto a thumb drive in order to view them at a later time.

In the months leading up to the charges being brought against him, Tefft’s dark history surfaced publicly and revealed details about the former teacher at the Brunswick School -- an all-boys college preparatory private day school in Connecticut -- who was accused of sexually abusing students in the 1980s.

The first public statement from the Brunswick School -- an all-boys college preparatory private day school in Connecticut -- came in February and said an individual who attended the school in the ‘80s reported being sexually abused by a faculty member.

Following the release of that information, two more former students came forward with similar reports of sexual abuse within the same time frame.


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The three former students all named the same abuser --Tefft.

The school immediately notified law enforcement and engaged both an investigative company and law firm in the case. In May, the investigative firm Kroll Associates Inc.completed its investigation and said the allegations of abuse were credible.

During the investigation, Tefft was interviewed and underwent "hours of questioning." While he denied the sexual abuse, a notice from the school said, "He admitted many other details that, in the opinion of the investigators, lends credibility to the alumni’s accounts of sexual abuse."

The school then reported its findings on Tefft to the "upstate New York locale in which Tefft resides."

It’s not clear whether that information led to the discovery of the three thumb drives Tefft possessed in both Saratoga and Washington counties that allegedly contained six gigabytes of child pornography, but Sept. 4, those charges were filed against him in U.S. District Court.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Belliss before Chief United States District Court Judge Gary L. Sharpe.

After charges against Tefft were filed, The Greenwich Journal and Salem Press, which is owned by Tefft’s mother, Sally Tefft, announced Tefft’s resignation to readers and said that without him, the paper would close, just weeks shy of its 171st anniversary.

However, Atticus Communications Inc. took over ownership of the weekly paper and reached the anniversary of uninterrupted printing. Established in 1842, the publication is older than the New York Times, which was founded in 1851.

Tefft was detained pending his Sept. 3 sentencing.