A 63-year-old former Nova Scotia high school principal has pleaded guilty in Bridgewater court on Monday to possessing child pornography.

Brian David Jobb, from Lilydale in Lunenburg County, has been sentenced to 60 days in jail to be served on weekends beginning in Jan. 3. Upon completion of that jail sentence, he goes on 20 months probation.

In addition, Jobb must give authorities a sample of his DNA and his name will be on the national sex offender registry for 12 years.

The computer equipment seized by police — including a laptop and six thumb drives — has also been forfeited.

The retired Lunenburg Academy principal was supposed to stand trial on Monday for charges of accessing and possessing child pornography, but pleaded guilty to the latter charge. The charge of accessing child pornography was withdrawn.

Jobb was charged last year after a division of the Toronto Police Service, which monitors suspicious behaviour on pornography websites, tracked suspicious online activity to Jobb's internet address.

They alerted members of the Internet Child Exploitation Unit and the ICE team in Nova Scotia, who raided Jobb's house and seized computer equipment.

Jobb had a 34-year-long career with the South Shore Regional School Board, which culminated in him becoming principal of the Lunenburg Academy. He held that job until his retirement in 2006.

After he retired, Jobb continued to work as a substitute teacher until the month before he was charged. The South Shore Regional School Board then struck him from the list of approved substitutes.