Ex-York Prep board member pleads guilty to child porn charges

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comSeptember 20, 2013 


— The former York Preparatory Academy board member charged last year with downloading child pornography on his computer will spend six months in jail and have to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty this week.

Timothy Frank Ruzbacki, 53, pleaded guilty to seven of the 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor charges he received in July 2012 after York County Sheriff’s deputies searched his computer and found more than 100 videos and more than 100 images of child pornography, said Bethany Miles, assistant attorney with the state Attorney General’s Office.

Part of the deal was that Ruzbacki would plead to less charges, register as a sex offender and attend sex offender counseling, she said.

Last summer, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation received a tip from authorities in Los Angeles, Calif., that an individual had been speaking with a minor online, Miles said. Based on those conversations, there was concern that the adult might have committed sexual offenses against children.

SBI traced the account to York County and contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators confiscated Ruzbacki’s computers and found the pornographic images, she said.

Authorities learned that he did not have any sexual relations against children, but during the investigation Ruzbacki admitted that he had child porn on his computer, she said.

Miles said she is unsure how long Ruzbacki had been downloading the porn.

YPA’s school board voted to suspend Ruzbacki after his arrest and charges. He had been a board member for more than a year and helped oversee teacher hiring for a brief period of time.

Board members checked Ruzbacki’s criminal history, which showed a charge for contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Greenville County in 1998. The charge was dismissed because the victim could not be located.