https://www.njherald.com/20190103/franklin-woman-who-put-2-children-in-care-of-sex-offender-boyfriend-takes-plea?fbclid=IwAR1vneC8EnTJlNyxv_jdEqs280hpvVnVUjLbghh7nZ65YLUq9DKWYSHgHE4#Teresa Nussbaum, 49, was accused of allowing two children into the care of her boyfriend, a high-risk Megan's Law offender who went on to sexually assault both juveniles, accepted a plea deal where she could see probation and jail time.
Nussbaum pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child in exchange for a plea deal where she is facing up to five years probation and 364 days in the Sussex County Jail.
As a condition of the probation, Nussbaum would be mandated to abide by all recommendations, including a substance abuse evaluation and treatment, according to Assistant Prosecutor Laura Nazzaro, who is handling the case for the state.
Nussbaum admitted she had her boyfriend, Robert Fedder III, live with her in her home between May 15, 2007, and May 14, 2015. During that time period, Fedder had accrued multiple sex assault convictions, but Nussbaum admitted in court on Dec. 19 that she was aware of his record when she allowed him to move in with her and a female minor.
Fedder went on to admit during a November court hearing that he engaged in sexual contact with the female minor, who was between the age of 5 and 13 years old at the time.
In addition, Nussbaum admitted that on March 30, 2018, Fedder was again in her residence with a different child. Fedder also admitted during his November hearing to the sex assault of that child.
Nussbaum was charged with endangering after knowingly placing both children in the care of Fedder, a 31-year-old Tier 3 sex offender, but stated she was not aware both children were assaulted at the time of the incidents.
In his hearing in November, Fedder accepted a plea deal that could send him to prison for up to 12 years.