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NJ college professor charged with child pornography

Robert Berardo, 56, has been charged with child pornography-related offenses. He is an adjunct professor at Middlesex County College and Raritan Valley College. (Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)

Robert Berardo, 56, has been charged with child pornography-related offenses. He is an adjunct professor at Middlesex County College and Raritan Valley College. (Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office)

FREEHOLD, N.J. — A college professor was arrested and charged with child pornography-related offenses Thursday.

Robert Berardo, 56, was charged with one count of second degree endangering the welfare of a child for distribution of child pornography, one count of second degree endangering the welfare of a child for possession of child pornography with intent to distribute, and one count third degree endangering the welfare of a child for possession of child pornography, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Authorities believe there are still potential victims and have urged them to come forward.

Berardo is an adjunct professor at Middlesex County College and Raritan Valley College, and a former adjunct professor at Monmouth University.

He also coached girls’ recreation softball teams from 2001-2009 in the Aberdeen and Matawan girls’ softball league as well as a travel team in 2008-2009.

Berardo faces a sentence of between five and 10 years on each count. The third degree charge means a sentence of between three and five years.

His charges could also come with an additional sentence in relation to the provisions of “Megan’s Law” and also the possibility of parole supervision for life.