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Former Somerset County High School Teacher Admits Enticing Boy To Engage In Criminal Sexual Conduct Online

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A Branchburg, New Jersey, man who previously worked as a high school music teacher today admitted soliciting a boy to engage in sexually explicit conduct in exchange for money, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. 

David M. Adams, 30, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual conduct.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:

Adams admitted that, between May 2014 and September 2014, he used the internet, including Skype, to induce a victim who was less than 18-years-old to engage in sexually explicit conduct. In exchange for allowing Adams to view the conduct on Skype, Adams paid the victim using PayPal and other means.

During that time, Adams was a music teacher at Eisenhower Middle School in Roxbury, New Jersey. Subsequently, Adams was a music teacher at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Somerset County, New Jersey.

The charge to which Adams pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Adams will be required to register as a sex offender. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 30, 2016.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Newark Division, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Terence S. Opiola, with the investigation leading to the guilty plea. He also thanked the Branchburg Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office for their assistance in this case.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Svetlana M. Eisenberg of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.

Defense counsel: Michael Baldassare, Esq. and Dillon Malar, Esq., Newark

Updated August 31, 2016

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Press Release Number: 16-234