Timothy Tefft, former editor of the Greenwich Journal and Salem Press weekly newspapers, pleaded guilty today in federal court to one count of receiving child pornography.
Tefft faces at least five years, and up to 20 years, in prison.
In Albany, before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Gary Sharpe, Tefft admitted to downloading and possessing dozens of files that contained child pornography from various websites between Jan. 1, 2009, and May 3, 2011. Tefft also admitted that, on occasion, he would save the child pornography files onto a thumb drive in order to view the files later.
Tefft is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. Sept. 3 in Albany. He is being detained pending his sentencing.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Belliss.