Somerset County High School Teacher Charged With Online Enticement Of A Minor
NEWARK, N.J. – A Somerset County, N.J., man who works as a high school teacher was charged today with soliciting a minor victim online to produce images of sexually explicit conduct in exchange for money, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
David N. Adams, 29, of Branchburg, New Jersey, was charged by complaint with one count of online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. He appeared this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion in Newark federal court. He was detained without bail; a bail hearing is scheduled for Sept. 16, 2015.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From June 2014 through September 2014, Adams was a resident of Morris County and taught at Eisenhower Middle School in Roxbury, Morris County. During this time, he allegedly communicated with a 13-year-old victim who lived outside of New Jersey. Adams met the victim through an online gaming community and they communicated through text and video chats.
Adams allegedly offered to send payment to a child, identified in the complaint as “Minor Victim 1,” in exchange for sexually explicit images of the child, as well as live video chat sessions during which the victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct while defendant Adams watched and directed the victim’s actions. The victim did, in fact, send sexually explicit images to Adams and engage in sexually explicit conduct in live video chat sessions.
Adams is currently a teacher at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Somerset County, New Jersey.
The charge of online enticement carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Kevin Kelly in Newark; the Branchburg Police Department; and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office with the investigation leading to the charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Svetlana M. Eisenberg and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erica D. Liu of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.