Law & Justice

Former Roxbury Teacher Gets 10+ Years for Skype Sex with Minor

NEWARK, N.J. - A former Roxbury middle school music teacher, who paid a 13-year-old boy to perform sex acts online while he watched on his computer, was sentenced Monday to more than 10 years in prison, authorities said. 

The teacher, David Adams, 30, of Branchburg, pleaded guilty in August to one count of online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual conduct, authorities said. Adams entered the plea before U.S. District Court Judge William Walls, who imposed the 127-month prison sentence , said Mathew Reilly, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark.. 

Adams admitted using Internet applications, particularly Skype, to commit the crimes while living in Roxbury between June and September in 2014, authorities said. "In exchange for allowing Adams to view the conduct on Skype, Adams paid the victim using PayPal and other means," Reilly said. 

Sign Up for E-News

At the time, Adams was a music teacher at Eisenhower Middle School but he later took a music teaching position at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Somerset County, Reilly noted. 

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. 

In addition to ordering the prison term, the judge directed that Adams face lifetime supervision upon being released. 

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman credited special agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HIS). The probe was conducted uneer the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Terence Opiola, Reilly said. 

He said Fishman also thanked the Branchburg Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Roxbury

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_9b65f9e96a7d0b9f21bd_90c08a2570176d0ef42d_adonis

Fri, November 24, 4:45 PM

Aspen Ice, Randolph

5th Annual Roxbury vs. Mt. Olive Annual Charity ...

Giving Back Sports

Carousel_image_b10cbe084fe034cd9313_audio-1851517_1920

Sat, November 25, 9:00 PM

Circle Bowl & Entertainment, Ledgewood

Karaoke Night at Circle Bowl

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, November 26, 4:00 PM

Investors Bank Theatre at RoxPAC, Succasunna

Songwriter Series Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_5d570a84e5e42adb8fb7_wine-tasting-2930580_1920

Mon, November 27

Iron Hills Tavern, Ledgewood

Half Priced Bottles of Wine!

Food & Drink

Columns

Is Your Car Ready for Old Man Winter?

You know it’s coming: That first frigid morning when you discover your car is covered in ice. Old Man Winter has reared his ugly head once again to wreak havoc on your car and your ride to work. 

Well, I’ve got one thing to say about that: Let’s be ready for him this year!

Owning a repair shop for over 30 years, I have spent many harsh winters coaxing a dead ...

Family Health

Be Aware of Pancreatic Cancer’s Warning Signs

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and nationally renowned gastrointestinal (GI) cancer physician-scientist Angela Alistar, MD thinks it is critical that everyone learn how to recognize the warning signs of this aggressive cancer. Dr. Alistar is medical director of GI medical oncology at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center of Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 007

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll see how Atlantic Health System is driving innovation and finding new ways to solve tomorrow’s health care challenges, find out how a near tragedy on the tennis courts was averted thanks to some world-class training and technology at Chilton Medical Center and meet the 70 cancer doctors you need to know about – plus much ...

Sponsors of Roxbury's Best Journalism

Getting it Right From the Start; Roxbury Realtor Bob Idakaar

ROXBURY, NJ – Twenty years ago this month, Bob Idakaar experienced an unprofessional real estate agent. That’s when he decided to be a good one.

Idakaar, a lifelong Succasunna resident and TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, bought his fifth home in July 1997. A big event, one that could have been joyous, ended up being stressful and unenjoyable.

“I had a bad experience,” he ...

Letters to TAPinto Roxbury

Thank You Roxbury

November 9, 2017

It is not an easy task to put yourself out there and run for office. 

All four of the candidates who ran for Roxbury Township Board of Education had the best interests of our district and its students at heart, and all four of us brought a unique perspective to the table.

Roxbury would have “won” regardless of who prevailed in Tuesday's election.

Bearing that in ...

I Am Voting For Heather Champagne for Roxbury School Board

Today I will be voting for Heather McMurchie Champagne for Roxbury NOW.

Why? Because she is the best candidate for the position, in my opinion.

She has been involved in the community, not just at the school level. She understands what changes need to be made to best benefit the schools and most importantly our children.

Having a child in our schools, Heather is able to see first hand the ...

Press Releases

Atlantic Health's Dr. Bernard Maria Recognized with Most Prestigious Child Neurology Honor

November 17, 2017

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Dr. Bernard Maria, director of the Division of Child Neurology and Developmental Medicine at Goryeb Children's Hospital, part of Atlantic Health System, has been recognized with the 2018 Hower Award, the highest recognition from the Child Neurology Society.

This prestigious award is given yearly to one member of the Child Neurology Society who is highly regarded by ...

JCP&L Completes Inspections and Maintenance Prior to Winter Weather

MORRISTOWN, NJ - In preparation for winter, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), is completing inspections and conducting equipment maintenance on weather-sensitive equipment across its service area.  

Winter’s cold temperatures can produce increased demand for electricity, and heavy snow and wind have the potential to cause ...