Bradley Smith

From paraeducation to prison—a former teacher’s aid in the Colchester School District (CSD) has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

Bradley Smith, 66, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Smith formerly taught first graders at Union Memorial School (UMS), but was terminated the day after his arrest. Before working at UMS, he worked as a car salesman for 23 years, and as a fifth grade teacher in Barre, Vt.

Smith was arrested on April 1 earlier this year after investigators discovered over 100 explicit images depicting child pornography on Smith’s laptop during a search of his house.

During the search, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent Caitlin Moynihan conducted an interview with Smith where he admitted to looking at and possessing child pornography. According to the affidavit, when Moynihan asked if she would find any child pornography on his computer, Smith replied, “you might, yeah.”

Smith admitted that the youngest child he’s seen in an explicit photo is five years old.

He also said that he has “never taken an inappropriate picture of a child and has never inappropriately touched a child.”

According to previous reporting by the Sun, Colchester Superintendent Amy Minor said in a statement that, “At this time, law enforcement has no evidence of any misconduct by this employee on school grounds or with any children in the Colchester School District.”

The investigation was instigated following a cyber-tip sent from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to the Vermont Internet Crimes against Children Task Force (ICAC).

Smith was released following his plea and he will next appear in court for his hearing on Dec. 20.