Monday, August 24th, 2015
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces the arrest of a Bloomfield public school teacher for possession and distribution of child pornography.
Nicholas K. Schumacher, of Randolph, was charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child through distribution of child pornography, which is a second degree crime; and one count of endangering the welfare of a child through possession of child pornography, which is a third degree crime.
The investigation commenced when the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that child pornography was being uploaded by the defendant.
More specifically, the email addresses and internet protocol addresses being used to upload the material in question were located at the defendant’s Randolph residence and from his place of employment in Bloomfield, where the defendant is employed as a teacher with the Bloomfield Public School System.
Bail was set initially at $75,000, with no 10 percent option, on Friday by Randolph Municipal Court Judge Ira Cohen. Conditions of that bail also include that Schumacher have no contact with children under the age of 16, have no possession of firearms, and surrender his passport. At a subsequent emergent bail hearing before Superior Court Judge William McGovern, the defendant’s bail was reduced to $50,000 but all other bail conditions remained.
Prosecutor Knapp credited the following with participating in the investigation: Randolph Police Department, Bloomfield Police Department, New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective James Bruno of the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200.
Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise H. Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or [email protected]