NEWARK, NJ - A former Bridgewater-Raritan High School music teacher was sentenced to prison Monday for soliciting a boy to engage in sexually explicit conduct in exchange for money, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.
David M. Adams, 30, was sentenced to 127 months in prison.
According to the release, Adams previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls based on information charging him with one count of online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual conduct.
Adams admitted, according to documents filed in the case, that between May 2014 and September 2014, he used the Internet to induce a victim who was under 18 years old to engage in sexually explicit conduct. In exchange, Adams paid the victim through PayPal and other means.
Robert Fitzsimmons, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, submitted a statement as part of the case. Fitzsimmons said Adams began communicating with the boy, who lived in another state, through text messages and Skype video sessions.
Although the victim was actually 13, he told Adams he was 14, according to Fitzsimmons.
The statement and criminal complaint identified the boy only as “Minor Victim 1” to protect his identity. They say the boy complied with Adams’ requests.
“For example, on or about September 3, 2014, defendant Adams directed Minor Victim 1 to masturbate during a video chat via Skype,” says the statement. “Defendant Adams texted to Minor Victim 1, ‘can u do it in the bathroom with the cam steady? Its really fuzzy when it moves,’ and ‘I can't wait to see u strip nice and slow – tease lol.’”
The investigator also alleged Adams was well aware of the boy’s “status as a minor” because the communication included many references to the boy “wearing braces, school year just having started, and Minor Victim 1’s parents ‘finding out’” about the activity.
During those months, Adams was a music teacher at Eisenhower Middle School in Roxbury, and, subsequently, he was a music teacher at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.
According to the release, Adams was also sentenced to lifetime supervised release.
Fishman credited special agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, Newark Division, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Terence S. Opiola. He also thanked the Branchburg Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office for their assistance.