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A former teacher in the South Western School District is accused of possessing child pornography after an investigation that started more than seven years ago, according to charging documents filed last month.

Matthew William Krapf, 39, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is charged with two counts of sexual abuse of children, according to state police. Krapf was formerly a teacher at Baresville Elementary before resigning shortly after police began searching his computer in April 2009.

Investigation: State police began the investigation in November 2008, when they tracked a computer that was sharing 64 files on a peer-to-peer sharing network, according to charging documents. Police say they were able to identify one of the files as child pornography, according to charging documents filed by Trooper Anthony Reppert of the Pennsylvania State Police Computer Crime Unit.

They were able to track the I.P. address of the computer sharing the file to Krapf's home, in the 5100 block of Wool Mill Road, Manheim Township, documents allege.

Using a search warrant obtained the day before, police seized a Dell computer from Krapf's home on April 1, 2009, according to documents.

Police interviewed Krapf while at his residence, and he initially said that any child pornography on his computer was inadvertent, and that he did not intend to share it, police said. Police asked Krapf if he thought child pornography would be found on his computer, and Krapf said there would be, according to police.

Police said when Krapf was asked why he downloaded it, he allegedly said "for no other reason, other than it's erotic," documents state.

Krapf asked what was expected to come from the investigation, and he was told that possession of child porn is a felony, and that charges will most likely be filed, according to police.

"My life is over," Krapf said, according to police.

In October 2009, police finished examining Krapf's computer. Police say they found more than 50 videos of child pornography and more than 275 "glamour-type" photos of young girls in limited clothing on his hard drive. The girls found in some of the videos on his computer were as young as 9, 11 and 12 years old.

Long investigation: A state police spokesman said in an email on Dec. 2 that charges took so long to file because at one point the FBI took over the case in hopes of prosecuting Krapf federally. That never happened, and the case was sent back to state police. The reason why Krapf was not charged federally was not disclosed.

Because of transfers and retirements, the case changed hands on the state police level as well.

"While overall this case took longer then we would have liked as far as prosecution was concerned, we knew that we were still working within the confines of any statute of limitations, and we wouldn't lose our ability to charge the individual for his crimes," the spokesman wrote.

Teacher: Krapf was in his 10th year of teaching when he resigned on April 8, 2009, according to York Dispatch records. South Western Superintendent Barbara Rupp said Wednesday that Krapf resigned shortly after the investigation began. Rupp, who was superintendent at the time, said the district followed proper procedures after Krapf resigned.

"We have no reason to believe that he did anything here," she said.

Krapf was immediately removed from his position when the district was informed of the investigation, the district said in a release at the time.

He was arraigned on the charges at District Judge Thomas J. Reilly's office Nov. 23 and was released on $150,000 unsecured bail, according to online court records.That means if Krapf does not show up to court proceedings, he will have to forfeit that amount.

Krapf could not be reached. Terrence McGowan, who is listed as Krapf's attorney, did not return phone messages seeking comment.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 21 at Reilly's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

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