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A former South Western School District teacher remains free pending sentencing after pleading guilty Monday to possession of child pornography for a 2008 incident.

Matthew William Krapf, 39, now of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is scheduled to be sentenced July 31 on the third-degree felony offense, according to online court records.

After Krapf pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of children/possession of child pornography, a second identical count was dismissed, court records state.

Krapf used to be a teacher at Baresville Elementary School just outside Hanover in Penn Township, but he resigned a short time after investigators searched his computer in April 2009, according to state police.

Charges were filed against him in November, at which time his bail was set at $175,000 unsecured, meaning he did not have to post any money to remain free but could have forfeited that amount if he missed court proceedings.

Presiding Common Pleas Judge Gregory M. Snyder ordered a pre-sentence investigation be done to help him determine a sentence.

Also, Krapf must undergo an evaluation as part of the state's Megan's Law to determine whether he should be deemed a sexually violent predator, court records state.

The investigation: In November 2008, state police began investigating a computer that had shared 64 files on a peer-to-peer sharing network, including one identified as child pornography, according to court documents.

Investigators tracked the computer IP address to Krapf's former home on Wool Mill Road in Manheim Township, police said. They obtained a search warrant and seized Krapf's computer on April 1, 2009.

On that day, Krapf admitted there would be child porn found on his computer, 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 would most likely be filed, according to police.

"My life is over," Krapf said, according to charging documents.

Images found: Police said 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 and 11 years old.

A state police spokesman said years passed before charges were filed 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. It's unclear why Krapf wasn't charged federally.

Because of transfers and retirements, the case changed hands on the state police level as well, according to the spokesman, who noted the statute of limitations has not expired.

Krapf was in his 10th year of teaching when he resigned on April 8, 2009.

Removed: South Western School District officials have said Krapf resigned shortly after the investigation began and that the district had no reason to believe Krapf committed any wrongdoing while on the job.

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

His defense attorney, Terrence McGowan, did not return a phone message seeking comment, and his prosecutor could not immediately be reached for comment.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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