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Greenwich man facing federal child porn charges withdraws not guilty plea

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FORT EDWARD, N.Y. -- A former Washington County newspaper editor and teacher accused of receiving child pornography withdrew a his not guilty plea on Friday.

Timothy Tefft, the former editor of the Greenwich Journal-Salem Press, changed his plea to guilty in Albany. Police say the 65-year-old came to their attention two-and-a-half years ago when he forgot his thumb drive at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. An employee, trying to locate the owner of the device, plugged the drive into a computer and found images of boys, ages 10 to 14-years-old, engaged in sexual acts. Police say they connected the thumb drive to Tefft because it also contained many of his stories.

When police went to Tefft, they say he admitted the thumb drive, containing 13 images of male child pornography, was his. He also handed over two additional thumb drives and a computer.

During the plea hearing, Tefft admitted that between January 1, 2009 and May 3, 2011, he accessed the Internet and downloaded and possessed, from various websites, dozens of files that contained child pornography. He further admitted that on occasion he would save the child pornography files onto a thumb drive in order to view the files at a later time. He was detained pending his sentencing.

Tefft had previously pleaded not guilty to the charge. He faces at least five years of imprisonment and up to a maximum sentence of twenty years of imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for September 3, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Albany.



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