BALLSTON SPA — A teacher in the Ballston Spa Central School District has been charged with possession of child pornography.
Timothy Brehmer, an elementary school music teacher, was arrested earlier this week after an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Brehmer, 35, of Broadalbin, who was identified through an IP address, was arrested for his online activity, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Belliss.
A laptop seized from Brehmer contained dozens of still images and videos depicting child pornography, court records show. Brehmer told authorities that he had been viewing and downloading child pornography on the Internet since 1998, records show.
He also admitted visiting numerous websites, including some based in Russia, to obtain the images and that he traded with others, according to a criminal complaint.
Brehmer appeared Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Homer. He was released pending his preliminary hearing Dec. 27.
Brehmer teaches band and general music at Wood Road and Milton Terrace North and South elementary schools, according to the district website. He also has coached the school district’s Odyssey of the Mind team.
Brehmer also is an adjunct faculty member at Schenectady County Community College and a member of the Capital Region Wind Ensemble.
The Ballston Spa school district immediately suspended him without pay. Although his activities do not appear to be related to the school, district officials asked investigators to review his personnel files as a precautionary measure, Superintendent Joseph Dragone said in a prepared statement.
“The school district is both appalled and disappointed to have been informed of these charges and we take all such charges very seriously” Dragone said. He continued: “Any teacher who engages in this type of behavior will not be employed by our district.”