TORRINGTON — The case against the former New Milford information technology director accused of hacking town officials’ emails has been continued to May 29.

Kendrick Protzmann is facing eight counts of third-degree computer crime and 41 counts of fifth-degree computer crime. He is expected back at state Superior Court in Torrington on April 17 for a disposition hearing.

The 52-year-old is accused of accessing the town’s email archive system without authorization 49 times between June 10 and Sept. 9, 2019, when he was no longer a town employee.

Protzmann served as New Milford’s IT director from 2002 to June 2019.

On June 10, Mayor Pete Bass presented him with a termination letter indicating Protzmann was being fired due to “unsatisfactory work performance and failure to follow directions,” according to the warrant affidavit.

Protzmann disputed the town’s deciison and was placed on paid administrative leave until Sept. 3, according to the police affidavit.

His access into the email archive system should have been revoked, but police said that didn’t appear to happen.

New Milford officials discovered unauthorized access had been gained into the email server this past fall and contacted police, who launched an investigation Oct. 4.

The gains of unauthorized access were traced back to Protzmann, who admitted to accessing the email server “to feed his curiosity habit” from his home in Thomaston, his vacation home in Old Lyme and while performing consulting work in Ansonia, according to police.

Protzmann allegedly downloaded 35 emails to and from high-ranking officials in town, including Bass and Personnel Director Greg Bollaro.

The town’s IT department determined that 35 emails had been downloaded, but Protzmann denied downloading any of them and police were not able to find any of them on Protzmann’s personal computer, according to the affidavit.

Protzmann’s court file has been statutorily sealed since February.