Former Bloomfield School Teacher Sentenced for Distributing Child Pornography

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that on today’s date, Superior Court Judge Catherine Enright sentenced the Defendant, Nicholas Schumacher, 30, of Randolph, New Jersey, to (3) years in New Jersey State Prison and imposed a $1500 fine for Endangering the Welfare of a Child – Distribution of Child Pornography, a second degree crime. Schumacher must also register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law. The Defendant, a public school teacher in Bloomfield, NJ at the time of the incident, was also required to relinquish his teaching certificate and forfeit future public employment in the State of New Jersey. Schumacher originally pled guilty to the charge on July 26, 2016.

The initial investigation commenced in 2015 when the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that child pornography was being uploaded by the Defendant from his residence in Randolph, and also from his place of employment in Bloomfield, New Jersey. The investigation also revealed that Schumacher was in possession of a number of images of child pornography.

Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez represented the State during the Court proceedings.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Randolph Township Police Department, the Bloomfield Police Department, the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit for their assistance with this prosecution.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected] or (973) 285-6215.

Florham Park Man Sentenced in Sexual Assault Case

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Robert Treiber of the Florham Park Police Department announce that Mark J. Iantosca, age 52, of Florham Park, New Jersey was sentenced today by the Honorable Catherine I. Enright, J.S.C., to (7) years in New Jersey State Prison. He must also register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law. The Defendant pled guilty on May 27, 2016, to the charge of Sexual Assault, in violation of N.J.S 2C:14-2c (3) (a), a crime of the second degree.

On February 26, 2016, an investigation commenced when the victim reported to law enforcement that the defendant engaged in acts of reciprocal oral sex with him at the Defendant’s home. At the time of the acts the victim was a child between the ages of 16 and 18 years old.

The Defendant admitted in court to performing numerous acts of penetration with a child between the ages of 16 and 18 years old. Specifically, the Defendant admitted to performing acts of fellatio on the minor. The Defendant also admitted that he “directed” the minor child to perform acts of fellatio on the Defendant himself. These actions occurred on multiple occasions between the dates of June 15, 2008 and June 14, 2010.

Assistant Prosecutor Laura Magnone represented the State in these proceedings.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Florham Park Police Department, specifically, Detective Lieutenant Joseph Orlando and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit for their efforts in this matter.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office encourages anyone with additional information about these allegations to contact Detective Michael Bost of the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or Detective Lieutenant Joseph Orlando of the Florham Park Police Department at 973-377-2200.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected] or 973-285-6215.

Community Service Coordinator Charged with Bribery And Other Related Crimes

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Maurice Underhill, 53 years old, of Dover, New Jersey, has been arrested and charged with one count of Bribery, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:27-2d, a crime of the second degree; one count of Falsifying or Tampering with Records, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-4a, a crime of the fourth degree; one count of Commercial Bribery, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-10a(1)(d), a crime of the fourth degree; and one count of Obstructing Administration of Law or Other Governmental Function, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1a, a crime of the fourth degree, in relation to his soliciting and receiving money from a person who was ordered to complete court-ordered community service. The defendant, who was a community service coordinator, agreed that for a monetary fee paid to him, he would report to the Morris County Department of Probation that the subject had completed the community service hours, when, in fact, the hours were not fulfilled.

The investigation revealed that the defendant had volunteered as the community service coordinator for the Church of the Redeemer, located in Morristown, New Jersey. The defendant was not an employee of the Department of Probation, but acted as an agent. The defendant was instructed that he would have to report and supervise those subjects who were specifically assigned by the Department of Probation to complete a community service agreement by completing community service through the Church of the Redeemer program. As such the defendant was responsible for the tracking and keeping of accurate records for all subjects assigned to the Church of the Redeemer by the Probation Services Division, Superior Court, Morris/Sussex Vicinage. The defendant was responsible for reporting all community service hours, completed by each respective Probation client, to the Probation Services Division on a month-to-month basis.

In July of 2016, the defendant received payment from the probationer and then falsely reported that the probationer had completed the court-ordered hours of supervision.

The defendant was arrested on August 31, 2016. Bail was set at $15, 000 with a ten percent cash alternative by the Hon. Catherine Enright, J.S.C. The defendant made bail on that same date. The venue of prosecution has been transferred to Passaic County, pursuant to Court Order. The date of the defendant’s first appearance has not yet been set.

Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp stated, “The investigation commenced as a result of the prompt notification to law enforcement by personnel of the Department of Probation in Morris County. Any questions regarding the status of the community service site, should be directed to the Administrative Office of the Courts.”

Anyone having further information concerning the defendant or any similar activity should contact Det. Thomas Primo of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at (973) 285-6200.

Criminal complaints are merely accusations. Despite these accusations, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in the court of law.

Any inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information
Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected] or 973-285-6215.