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.
BY MATT COKER, OC
Judge Christina Snyder in Los Angeles split the baby in handing the former Boeing manager a 41-month term as prosecutors sought a seven-year sentence and the defense wanted no prison time.
The FBI found the porn while searching Gartenlaub's Irvine home in 2014 as part of the espionage investigation. Gartenlaub gave media interviews and his lawyer told Snyder the case should have been dismissed because the search warrant was based on spying allegations he was never charged with and not the kiddie porn.
BY MATT COKER, OC
The 51-year-old Fullerton resident is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 16 on 14 felony counts, including lewd acts, oral copulation or sexual penetration on a child, sexual intercourse with a child 10 or younger and continuous sexual abuse of a child.
The case against Mares, a longtime friend of the girl's family, began when she was at his home recently, he allegedly tried to assault her, she called her family to pick her up and, when she got home, shared with her parents the accusations. A resulting investigation revealed the alleged abuse happened from August 2006 through August 2013 in Fullerton, Whittier and elsewhere in Los Angeles County, according to Orange County prosecutors who are bringing the case.
Windsor defence lawyer Evan Weber and Christina Albini leave Ontario Provincial Court on July 19, 2016. Albini is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference with a person under 16 and invitation to sexual touching and child luring. (Dylan Kristy / Windsor Star/Postmedia Network)
WINDSOR, Ont. — A Windsor teacher already facing charges of sexual assault against a former student is facing new child pornography charges.
On July 18, Windsor police arrested and charged Christina Albini, 42, with sexual assault, sexual interference with a person under 16-years-old and invitation to sexual touching and child luring.
Through investigation, police discovered additional evidence.
On Sept. 1, Albini was arrested and charged with making sexually explicit material available to a person under 16, possessing child pornography and accessing child pornography.
“These investigations continue after the initial arrest and there was still more to be done by our (child exploitation unit),” said Windsor police Staff Sgt. Matthew D’Asti.
“They were examining devices and … discovered some evidence on a phone.”
Police had said Albini had a sexual relationship with a former student at Christ the King Catholic Elementary School.
According to the school’s website, Albini taught Grade 4 during the last school year.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Windsor police child exploitation unit at 519-255-6700 ext. 4896.
Educational assistant and children's entertainer Daniel Kamenicky faces multiple child pornography charges, police say. (www.danmagicman.com)
A Winnipeg, Manitoba educational assistant who worked as a children's entertainer has been charged with making child pornography, shocking officials at local schools and child-care centres who have booked him to perform in the past.
Daniel Kamenicky, 39, is charged with making child pornography, possessing child pornography, distributing child pornography and voyeurism. A magician, Kamenicky performs under the name Dan the Magic Man.
He remains in police custody.
Kamenicky was employed as an educational assistant at Windsor School, a kindergarten to Grade 8 school in Elm Park. Principal Kenneth Bartel confirmed he has been suspended from the Louis Riel School Division.
Dominique Philibert said Kamenicky put on a magic show at her children's daycare this summer.
"I am in shock," she said. "My kids were in contact only once ... with teachers around them so I'm not very concerned about my kids, but still, I don't like the feeling. I really don't like the feeling."
Kamenicky also worked multiple times with the University of Manitoba's Mini U program, including for two weeks this summer from July 11-15 and from July 25-29.
In a letter sent to parents, the university said Kamenicky worked with the Magic Mania camp. The university said a criminal background check of Kamenicky it commissioned before hiring him came back clean.
Public information officer Jason Michalyshen said the making child pornography charge against Kamenicky is related to voyeurism. Police do not believe Kamenicky made physical contact with children while making the pornography, he said.
Videos were recorded "out in the community," Michalyshen said. "This individual has video recorded children in ways that we believe are sexual in nature."
Investigators tracked down Kamenicky using IP addresses provided by the American group National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Police allege the IP addresses connected to Kamenicky were used between June 13 and Aug. 11, 2016, to upload pornographic images and videos.
Michalyshen said police are not releasing information about the number of potential victims, but they are girls age six to 10.
School division 'devastated' by arrest
Duane Brothers, superintendent of Louis Riel School Division, said he has received more than a dozen calls from panicked parents who may have come into contact with Kamenicky.
"These are caregivers, these are parents. They're concerned. They're worried," said Brothers.
The superintendent said he is unsure of how long Kamenicky has worked at Windsor School — possibly between five and six years. He previously worked at Marion School.
Brothers said he's "devastated" and is working with the Winnipeg Police Service. "I'm a dad. I'm a public educator. We have 15,000 students. Our number one job is to look after our kids and make sure that they're safe," he said.
'I am actually literally shaking'
Ken Sawatzky, a local magician who knows Kamenicky, said the two had a professional relationship and would refer clients to one another if they were unavailable to take a booking.
Sawatzky said he was deeply shocked by the arrest. I am actually literally shaking to know what's happening and I keep pinching myself thinking, 'Wake up, this is not happening.' I just really don't know what to say," he said.
"I am just hoping this is all a misunderstanding. I don't know what is happening and I don't have much details. I hope that nobody was hurt. And if anybody was hurt that they find a way to heal and that they can find a way to recover from what's happened."
Sawatzky said Kamenicky was always friendly, outgoing and "very professional in his job."
Michel Dedieu of Morris Entertainment said he has promoted Kamenicky for about the past five years.
"I'm blindsided by it, because I've known him on a professional level, and a little bit on a personal level," he said. "Never had any weird vibes from people ... I never heard anything negative on him at all."
Police urge victims to come forward
Investigators have not "closed the door" on the possibility some of the victims were related to Kamenicky's work as a children's entertainer.
Police said they continue to analyze several seized electronic devices that belong to Kamenicky.
"I can tell you we have not completely gone through all of those electronic devices. There is potentially more images or videos that we have to go through," said public information officer Michalyshen. "We take these matters incredibly seriously."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Winnipeg police internet child exploitation unit or Crime Stoppers, Michalyshen said. "No one should feel afraid to come forward. No one should feel embarrassed to come forward," he said.