PARIS – A substitute teacher in SAD 72 has been arrested on charges of possession of sexually explicit material of a minor under 12.

Gilbert Telford, 68, of 53 Tracy Lane, Center Lovell, was arrested by the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon. He was bailed from the Oxford County Jail on $2,500 cash, jail officials said.

He is scheduled to appear in 9th District Court at 8 a.m. Dec. 21.

A school official said Telford will not be called to substitute until the case is resolved, but offered no further comment.

The Sheriff’s Office received information from a resident, Lt. Hart Daley said. With that information the office obtained a search warrant to look for specific items.

Daley said items recovered included child pornography magazines, videos and computer files.

The subjects in the pornography were not children that Telford has had any contact with as a teacher, Daley said. He could not disclose where the children were from.

Because Telford works in the schools, law enforcement officials pursued this case aggressively, Daley said.

If convicted of the felony, Telford would face five years in prison and would become a lifetime registered sex offender.


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