Franklin woman left two kids with sex offender

     This story just blows my mind. Teresa Nussbaum of Franklin will be sentenced in March after admitting she endangered the welfare of two children in her care. Nussbaum took a plea deal from the Sussex County Prosecutors Office in December that could see her sentenced to up to five years of probation and 364 days in jail. 

     Nussbaum told judge Peter Conforti that she allowed her boyfriend Robert Fedder III to live with her and a female minor in her home in Franklin from 2007 to 2015.  During these years she knew her boyfriend was a Tier III Megan's Law Sex Offender.  Tier III is the highest risk level for a sex offender in New Jersey. In spite of this,  Nussbaum admitted she left the child in Fedder's care. The girl was was between the age of 5 and 13 at the time.  

     Fedder has since admitted to having sexual contact with the minor. A second child left in Fedder's care was also victimized in Nussbaum's home when he returned in March of 2018.

     For the record, I don't like to just automatically bash sex offenders. If you say you want to help people with mental illness that should include sex offenders. Many can be helped.  I have always believed  Megan's Law is over used and should only be reserved for the most dangerous predators who cannot be helped. It sounds like Robert Fedder III is one of these people. 

     What makes this story horrible is Nussbaum knew how dangerous Fedder was to the kids in her home and kept him around anyway.  Even worse, she left the children alone with him. In my mind she is just as guilty as he is. Nussbaun is 49 and Fedder is 31. I guess some women will literally do anything to keep a man around

Source: N.J. Hearld

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