Former GHS Math Teacher Pleads Guilty to Child Exploitation Offense

A former GHS math teacher, Nicholas Skirkanich, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Hartford to a charge related to possessing and accessing images and videos depicting child sex abuse material.

Skirkanich, 44, who resides in Ridgefield, has been employed by GPS as a math teacher in Greenwich High School since 2002. He was immediately placed on administrative leave in 2022 when he was arrested and charged by federal criminal complaint with possession of child pornography.

Skirkanich resigned from GPS, effective April 2023.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in October 2022, an online service provider submitted a CyberTip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (“NCMEC”) indicating that a TikTok video containing child sex abuse imagery was sent from Skirkanich’s email account to another email account.

Subsequent investigation revealed that Skirkanich possessed and accessed additional material containing child sex abuse imagery between approximately August 2021 and December 2022.

Skirkanich was arrested on December 15, 2022.

Skirkanich pleaded guilty to accessing with intent to view and possessing child pornography, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.  Judge Oliver scheduled sentencing for May 15.

Skirkanich is released on a $150,000 bond pending sentencing.

This matter is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations  with the assistance of the Ridgefield Police Dept.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shan Patel, with the assistance of the Danbury State’s Attorney’s Office.

This prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative, which is aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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