Update: Former Sharyland teacher's assistant James Jeffrey Schroeder pleaded guilty to receiving and downloading child pornography.
Schroeder, 50, of Arlington, Virginia, also confessed to molesting and sexually abusing two special education students at Sharyland High School during the late 1990s.
According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia:
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – James Jeffrey Schroeder, 50, of Arlington, a former teacher’s assistant at Sharyland High School in Mission, Texas, pleaded guilty today to charges of receiving and downloading child pornography.
According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, from approximately 1997 to August 2015, Schroeder received and downloaded child pornography from the internet and from a family member. A forensic review of Schroeder’s electronic media revealed over 83,000 images and 400 videos of child pornography. Many of the images and videos were sadistic or masochistic in nature and depicted scenes of violence.
Schroeder faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on Feb 2, 2017. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge T. S. Ellis, III. Assistant U.S. Attorney Whitney Dougherty Russell is prosecuting the case.
Reached before the plea hearing, Schroeder's attorney declined to comment.
Original Story: A former teacher's assistant at the Sharyland Independent School District confessed to molesting and sexually assaulting special education students during the late 1990s, according to federal court records.
James Jeffrey Schroeder worked at Sharyland High School as a teacher's assistant during the 1997-1998 school year, according to the criminal complaint against him, which includes excerpts of Schroeder's confession.
Schroeder's attorney, Kaveh Noorishad of McLean, Virginia, declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the Sharyland school district couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
Schroeder left Texas after working at Sharyland High School and took a government job.
In July 2015, he took a voluntary polygraph exam, according to the criminal complaint.
During the polygraph exam, Schroeder admitted viewing and possessing child pornography. He also admitted molesting and sexually assaulting two special education students at Sharyland High School.
Several days after the initial confession, Schroeder repeated the confession to investigators and provided new details, according to the criminal complaint. Investigators also seized child pornography from Schroeder's home.
Warning: The information contained in the criminal complaint is disturbing and may not be appropriate for all audiences.
According to the criminal complaint against him:
a. "When I left the NAVY in 1995, I returned home to go to school. After about a year, I took a job at Sharyland High School, TX as a Teacher's Assistant" ... "In this role, I met two special needs students, (Student 1) (age 15-17) and (Student 2) (age 14-15)."
b. "On several occasions (5-10) in the class I gave (Student 1)'s breasts a quick squeeze without going inside her shirt. On another occasion, when we were alone in the classroom, I unzipped her pants, put my hand inside her panties and touched her vagina on the hood around the clitoris."
c. "The last incident involving (Student 1) took place in Oct/Nov 1998 when I took her to an unused room and had her start fellatio on me. ... I sat her down and pulled my penis out and stuck it in her mouth. She didn't close her mouth and I basically thrust my penis back and forth. After about twenty seconds, I must have touched the back of her throat because she started coughing. At this point, I stopped because I was beginning to have second thoughts and I had lost my erection. This was the last time I had physical contact with her or any underage person."
d. "A day or so later, I attempted to use the same routine I used on (Student 1) with another girl, (Student 2). I took her to the same unused room but she seemed to get uneasy, not knowing what I was talking about, so after about five minutes I took her back to her classroom."
CBS 4 News redacted the names of the two students to protect their privacy.
Homeland Security Investigations -- a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- reviewed the confessions and evidence seized from Schroeder's home.
Schroeder was charged with receipt of child pornography and possession and interstate transport of child pornography.
He's scheduled for a pre-indictment plea hearing Friday afternoon.
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