Greenwich teacher emailed TikTok of child sex abuse, officials say

Nicholas Skirkanich, a Ridgefield resident and Greenwich teacher, appeared Thursday in Bridgeport federal court after he was accused of emailing a TikTok video containing child sex abuse imagery, officials said.

Nicholas Skirkanich, a Ridgefield resident and Greenwich teacher, appeared Thursday in Bridgeport federal court after he was accused of emailing a TikTok video containing child sex abuse imagery, officials said.

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Federal authorities say a Greenwich High School teacher has been accused of possessing child sex abuse imagery that he shared from TikTok, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday.

Nicholas Skirkanich, 43, of Ridgefield, was arrested Thursday and charged on a federal criminal complaint, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. 

Jonathan Supranowitz, director of communications for Greenwich Public Schools, said Skirkanich has been placed on administrative leave. Supranowitz said Skirkanich has been a math teacher at Greenwich High School since 2002.

Skirkanich appeared Thursday 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.

The 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. 

"Subsequent investigation revealed that Skirkanich’s IP address and social media accounts were also used to facilitate Skirkanich’s possession of child pornography," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in the release. 

While investigating, police learned the user of one of the email accounts that contained the child sex abuse material "appears to work as a high school math teacher in Greenwich, Connecticut and may have access to children,"  Special Agent Steven Mullen with Homeland Security Investigations said in Skirkanich's 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. 

Mullen said in the complaint that law enforcement seized Skirkanich's cellphone and the forensic review is ongoing.

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