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.