TORRINGTON — It will be at least another month until New Milford’s former information technology director is arraigned on computer crime charges.

Kendrick Protzmann, 52, is facing eight counts of third-degree computer crime and 41 counts of fifth-degree computer crime for allegedly hacking town officials’ emails last year.

He was originally scheduled for arraignment at state Superior Court in Torrington on Thursday, but that was pushed to the next day.

Protzmann showed up to court Friday morning dressed in a navy jacket, gray slacks and a striped tie. He was joined by his attorney, William Dow, and three other individuals.

Inside the courthouse, a judge granted another continuance request from Dow — pushing Protzmann’s arraignment to Feb. 28. The reason for the continuance is not clear.

Protzmann is accused of accessing the town of New Milford’s email archive system without authorization 49 times between June 10 and Sept. 9, 2019, while on administrative leave.

“[I] wanted to see what was going on around town,” Protzmann told police, according to the arrest warrant affidavit obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media this week.

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

After Protzmann hired an attorney to dispute the town’s decision, a settlement agreement was negotiated July 2, placed him on paid administrative leave until Sept. 3, according to the police affidavit.

His access into the email archive system should have been revoked after his termination, but police said that didn’t appear to happen.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

The company for which Protzmann did the consulting work was Yucatech — the same company that hosts New Milford’s town email server, according to the warrant.

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

Eight of the emails appeared to be noteworthy because of the “private personal data” they contained, police said. Many of them involved Protzmann and his separation from the town — but one also looked at information regarding the lawsuit former police chief Shawn Boyne has filed with the town over wrongful termination, as well as letters and employment offers to two new hires.

The town’s IT department determined that the 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.

Bass declined to comment on Protzmann reading his emails because of the pending case.

According to police, Bollaro found the situation “highly concerning as he receives and sends very sensitive information in his emails related to personnel matters, employees confidential information and other labor-related issues.”

Protzmann turned himself in to police last Friday after learning there was a warrant out for his arrest.