Formerly Resided - Philadelphia, PA
- Ex rabbi arrested on child porn charge (08/28/2006)
- Ex rabbi surrenders on count of child porn (08/28/2006)
- Caseworker And Former Rabbi Arrested On Pornography Charges (08/30/2006)
- Ex-rabbi's kid-porn arraignment delayed (09/07/2006)
- Judge OKs delay in porn case (09/08/2006)
- Former rabbi guilty in child porn case (02/04/2008)
- Ex-Rabbi's porn sentence suspended (04/14/2008)
- Voluntary Surrender of License (07/24/2008)
- Illinois Sex Offender Registry (01/18/2014)
- Facebook - Ed Schlaeger (01/18/2014)
- Linkedin - Edward Schlaeger (01/18/2014)
"I have great remorse and great sadness. I've accepted responsibility for my actions and I assure you, you will never see me in court again," Edward Schlaeger told Superior Court Judge George Thim.
"This conduct cannot be condoned," the judge retorted as he sentenced the 53-year-old former Trumbull resident to a five-year suspended term, followed by five years probation. He also ordered Schlaeger to register as a sex offender.
Until he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, Schlaeger had been the rabbi of Congregation Sinai in West Haven and was a clinical social worker for the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services at its Southwest Community Mental Health Center here.
His lawyer, John R. Gulash, told the judge his client has since converted to Christianity and has been attending a church in Trumbull. He said his client intends to relocate to Skokie, Ill.
Gulash also told the judge that his client has been undergoing counseling and will continue to do so.
According to Senior Assistant State's Attorney Howard Stein, Schlaeger's estranged wife, through her lawyer, in September 2005 handed over to the Bridgeport State's Attorneys office two compact discs she had discovered while cleaning the defendant's property out of their Trumbull home.
The discs, labeled with black marker "Fun Times"
and "Downloaded pics," contained 15 pornographic images.
Stein said one of the images was positively identified as that of a child from an investigation in Germany, another was an obvious pornographic image of a child and six others appeared to be images of children.
The prosecutor said police searched the Trumbull home and seized a milk crate containing a large collection of pornographic material along with a genital piercing kit.
Schlaeger's ex-wife also turned over to police his journal in which he described himself as suffering from a sexual addiction, the prosecutor said.
Police later seized a large amount of pornographic paraphernalia from the home in Shelton where Schlaeger subsequently moved, the prosecutor said.
But Stein told the judge that despite the "truckload" of pornographic material seized from the defendant, only two images from the CDs could definitely be determined to be child pornography. He said he agreed to the plea bargain because, under state law, it is a defense to the crime if a defendant has fewer than three images.