PARIS – A judge ordered a 70-year-old former teacher convicted of possessing child pornography to submit to additional probation conditions in Oxford County Superior Court on Wednesday.

Justice Roland Cole ordered Gilbert E. Telford of Tracy Lane in Center Lovell to submit to random searches and a sex offender evaluation. He said he will await evaluation results to determine if Telford should undergo counseling.

Telford pleaded guilty to Class C possession of sexually explicit materials in January 2007. He was sentenced to serve six months of a five-year sentence, as well as six years of probation, and register as a sex offender.

During his probation, Telford is prohibited from possessing a personal computer or related equipment such as hard drives.

Probation officer Christopher Arbour filed a motion to amend Telford’s probation conditions in July, asking that Telford complete a sex-offender evaluation, follow recommendations of the evaluation, including counseling if need be, and submit to random searches for sexually explicit material.

Briefly taking the stand Wednesday, Arbour said Telford has been complying with his probation. However, Arbour said he found Telford’s case “alarming” and was concerned that he cannot determine if Telford has a computer under current conditions.

Assistant District Attorney Joe O’Connor said the Computer Crimes Task Force found the “largest collection of child pornography they had ever encountered” when they searched Telford’s home in 2006. Police discovered about 7,500 images and dozens of video clips of prepubescent boys engaged in sexual activity.

According to an affidavit by Sgt. Matthew Baker of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, Telford is a retired teacher who had served as a substitute teacher in SAD 72 prior to his arrest.

O’Connor said the requested conditions should have been imposed at sentencing. “It was an oversight on my part,” O’Connor said. “They should have been included.”

Defense lawyer Walter McKee opposed the motion, noting the lack of any probation violations since Telford’s release from jail.

“I think that’s a waiver of a significant right,” McKee said.

Cole said a hearing may be held after the evaluation if there is further dispute.

“I want to make sure his rights are protected, but I want to make sure the public is protected as well,” Cole said.


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