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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 5, 2016

Former Somerset County High School Teacher Sentenced To 127 Months In Prison For Enticing Boy To Engage In Criminal Sexual Conduct Online

NEWARK, N.J. – A Branchburg, New Jersey, man who previously worked as a high school music teacher was sentenced today to 127 months in prison for soliciting a boy to engage in sexually explicit conduct in exchange for money, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. 

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

According to documents filed in this 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.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Walls sentenced Adams to lifetime supervised release.

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 today’s sentencing. 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

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Press Release Number: 
16-340
Updated December 5, 2016