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Man sentenced in child porn case likely will spend life in prison

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Ted Sullivan
April 22, 2009
— Jeremy C. Schade told a Rock County judge Tuesday it was a blessing he got caught sexually assaulting children.

He had gained the trust of parents, groomed their children and made more than 250 videos of child sexual assaults.


He paid children, gave them presents and threatened them with weapons to keep them from telling.


He's thankful his arrest forced him to stop.


"I would like the families and the victims to know how truly sorry I am," Schade said. "Not a day goes by where I don't think about all the trauma I have caused."


Schade, 30, was sentenced to 150 years in prison and 90 years extended supervision for six charges of child sexual assault. The charges stem from incidents in 2002 through 2006.


He was previously sentenced to 220 years in prison on eight federal charges of producing child pornography.


The federal and state charges stem from the same case.


Schade likely will spend the rest of his life in prison.


Assistant district attorney Mary Bricco told the judge Schade might not have been caught if it wasn't for one boy and his parents.


They told police what Schade had done, sparking an investigation, Bricco said.


The result was the uncovering of an "unbelievable" and "horrific" case of child sexual abuse, she said.


"They were stopping a monster," Bricco said.


More than 1,700 child porn movies and 21,000 photos were found in Schade's possession, she said.


The videos and photos included local children, Bricco said.


"The defendant manipulated and used these people in order to get to their children," she said.


He then used sexual paraphernalia, weapons and restraints in his assaults, Bricco said.


Schade's attorney, Joshua Klaff, said his client pleaded guilty because he is remorseful and wants to accept responsibility.


Schade didn't want the victims or their families to endure a trial, Klaff said.


And counselors agree Schade has mental-health problems and needs treatment, he said.


Schade appeared in court with a goatee, glasses, orange jailhouse coveralls and shackles.


He said he hopes his victims don't turn out like him. He asked for help, treatment and a second chance.


Schade said he prays for his victims and hopes for forgiveness.


He claims he became a sexual predator after an incident when he was 8 years old involving another child the same age, Bricco said.


His mother, Diane Rae Schade, spoke on behalf of her son.


"We love our son very much," she said. "We don't condone what he did, but we love our son unconditionally."



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