S.C. teacher charged in child porn case

A Batesburg-Leesville honors English teacher has been arrested and charged with distributing child pornography and soliciting sex from an undercover Virginia police officer posing online as a 13-year-old boy.

Timothy Brumit, 47, of Aiken, has been placed on administrative leave with pay, school officials said Friday in a statement.

Brumit refers to himself on his Web site at Batesburg-Leesville High School as the Rev. Tim Brumit.

Brumit is accused of distributing videos and photographs of children in various sexual activities during online chats as "charmingtim75" between Jan. 2 and Jan. 20.

Authorities say Brumit also proposed picking the boy up in Virginia and bringing him back to South Carolina.

Brumit, who is being held in the Lexington County jail, is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday in Columbia.

He likely will be taken to Virginia, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald said.

McDonald said he didn't expect any charges to be brought against Brumit in South Carolina.

The charge of enticing a minor carries a minimum 10-year prison sentence, he said. The child pornography charge carries a minimum five-year prison term. Each charge carries a $250,000 fine.

Brumit has been at Batesburg-Leesville for six months. According to the S.C. State Department of Education, Brumit taught in the Aiken School District in 2000, McCormick School District from 2001 to 2005 and then Allendale School District from 2005 to 2007.

All employees, substitutes, volunteers, chaperones, reading buddies and mentors for Lexington 3 are required to pass a State Law Enforcement Division criminal check before being hired. They also must pass a national sex offender search.

Lexington 3 also checks the backgrounds of each employee annually.