CT teacher accused of emailing child sex abuse TikTok not allowed alone with kids, including his own, documents show

Nicholas Skirkanich, a Greenwich teacher accused of emailing TikTok of child sex abuse, can only leave his Ridgefield home for certain reasons, documents show.

Nicholas Skirkanich, a Greenwich teacher accused of emailing TikTok of child sex abuse, can only leave his Ridgefield home for certain reasons, documents show.

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A Ridgefield resident and longtime Greenwich High School teacher accused of possessing child sex abuse imagery has been banned from having unsupervised contact with children, including his own, federal court documents show.

In a federal complaint filed Thursday, Nicholas Skirkanich, 43, was accused of emailing himself a TikTok video depicting child sex abuse material.

After his arrest, Skirkanich appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Dave Vatti in Bridgeport and was released on $150,000 bond. The terms of his release include home detention with electronic monitoring, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Skirkanich is on administrative leave from his position as a Greenwich High School math teacher that he has held since 2002, a district spokesperson said Friday.

Skirkanich and Allison Kahl, a federal public defender listed as his attorney, have not responded to requests for comment. Skirkanich earned $144,246.66 in 2021, according to the Greenwich Human Resources Department. It was not immediately clear how he qualified for a public defender.

According to the conditions of his release, Skirkanich can only leave his home under certain circumstances, including for work, religious services, medical and legal appointments and court appearances.

Skirkanich is also banned from being at places where children might gather, such as playgrounds and schools, documents show.

Skirkanich is prohibited from using any devices that can access the internet without monitoring software, his release documents stated.

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox in Skirkanich's home "must have parental controls placed on them to prevent access to internet and the ability to download apps and the password for the parental controls not shared with Mr. Skirkanich," the documents stated. 

In addition, Skirkanich is required to undergo a mental health evaluation and attend treatment, among other conditions, according to the documents.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said the investigation was led by Homeland Security Investigations, the investigative branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The federal agency was assisted by the Ridgefield Police Department.

In October, an online service provider sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that indicated Skirkanich emailed himself a TikTok video with child sex abuse imagery, according to his criminal complaint. 

According to the complaint, Skirkanich met with law enforcement on Wednesday and admitted to possessing the child sexual abuse material on the two different email accounts and a Snapchat account. 

Ridgefield Police Chief Jeff Kreitz referred questions to the U.S. Attorney's Office or Department of Homeland Security.

Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi said Kreitz notified him on Friday about Skirkanich's arrest.

Marconi said he does not know Skirkanich, but said the arrest is a "very sad and unfortunate situation, especially this time of the year."

The prevalence of child sexual abuse material on TikTok was highlighted in a recent Forbes investigation, which found that some users of the social media platform post the illegal content in private accounts and allow others to access it through password sharing.

austin.mirmina@hearstmediact.com