CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Hampshire County man admitted to violating permits and releasing sewage into a branch of the Potomac River.

Timothy Peer, 55, of Springfield, said he failed to maintain Mountainaire Village Utility near Ridgeley between 2014 and 2016, resulting in untreated and undertreated sewage entering the waterway. He also admitted to falsely reporting quarterly testing on the wastewater.

Peer operated the sewage treatment center from early 2008 to July 2016.

He pleaded guilty to one count of knowing violation of permit conditions and one count of false statements on discharge monitoring reports.

According to U.S. Attorney Bill Powell, Peer faces at most five years of incarceration and fines for the sewage discharge.