Fall River Man Arrested on Federal Child Exploitation Charges
BOSTON — A Fall River man faces federal charges after prosecutors say he traveled to New Hampshire to attempt to have sex with a teenage girl he met online.
Charles Eugene Schnitzlein III, 34, was charged by criminal complaint with traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a person under 18 years of age, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Court documents say Schnitzlein was communicating over a messaging app with an undercover officer posing as a 13-year-old girl, and planned to meet up to have sex. On April 9, 2021, Schnitzlein allegedly drove from Fall River to a mall in Nashua, New Hampshire for the meet-up, stopping on the way “to purchase condoms, flowers, soda and candy for the encounter.”
When Schnitzlein arrived at the mall, he was arrested.
Following his arrest, court documents say, Schnitzlein admitted to law enforcement that he traveled from Fall River and had booked a hotel room in Nashua with the intention of meeting and having sex with the 13-year-old girl.
If convicted, Schnitzlein faces up to 30 years in prison, at least five years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.