According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested a Jersey City man on Wednesday, March 1st following an investigation into a sexually explicit conversation he had with a minor.
32-year old Eric Schau is charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, crimes of the third degree. He was arrested outside of his residence and transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending his first court appearance.
The State has filed a Detention Motion, which is tentatively scheduled for next week on Tuesday, March 7.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received information that an individual, who identified himself as a teacher, had engaged in a sexually explicit dialogue with a minor on the social media platform Discord. The investigation revealed Schau shared an explicit image and received child sex abuse material from a 14-year-old female out of state.
According to Prosecutor Suzrez, Schau was employed as a teacher at Elysian Charter School in Hoboken when the crimes were alleged to have occurred. He has since been terminated from his position.
Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and In-Court Units with the arrest and investigation. The charges against Schau are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.