For the Express
BROADALBIN — The Department of Homeland Security has arrested a Ballston Spa elementary school music teacher on child pornography charges.
Timothy Brehmer, 35, of 24 Third Ave., Broadalbin, was arrested for having “knowingly possessed images of child pornography.”
Authorities said he was identified through an IP address during an international child porn sting and that a lap top computer seized from his home allegedly contained dozens of photographs and videos depicting child pornography.
Brehmer was a music teacher and band director at Wood Road and Milton Terrace North and South elementary schools but was immediately suspended without pay and prohibited from school property, according to Ballston Spa Superintendent Joseph Dragone.
He is also prohibited from using or owning a computer or having any contact with children while the case progresses, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Ballston Spa officials said they were informed no part of the investigation is related to Brehmer’s work at the school but have requested that Homeland Security review all of Brehmer’s school files as a “precautionary measure and for the protection of our community.”
“The school district is both appalled and disappointed to have been informed of these charges and we take all such charges very seriously,” Dragone wrote in a letter to parents. “Any teacher who engages in this type of behavior will not be employed by our district.”
Brehmer is also an adjunct faculty member at Schenectady County Community College.
He is under house arrest as a condition of his release.
According to ICE news release, “Brehmer made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge David R. Homer on Dec. 8. He was released on conditions pending his preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 27.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Belliss is prosecuting the case on behalf of the U.S. government, and if found guilty Brehmer faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.