A firefighter and Rider College safety officer has been charged with posing as a teenage lady on-line to get a teenage boy to ship him bare pictures and movies, authorities alleged Monday.
The arrest of Alan J. Berman, 58, of Bordentown Metropolis, got here after the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Excessive-Tech Crimes Unit acquired a tip from the Nationwide Middle for Lacking and Exploited Kids.
A lady from Arkansas had reported to the middle that her teenage son had been contacted by a person who was trying to interact the teenager in inappropriate conversations.
Investigators arrested Berman Friday.
He works as a campus safety officer at Rider College in Lawrence and serves as captain of Bordentown Metropolis’s volunteer fireplace division, the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned. (On his LinkedIn web page, Berman identifies himself as a member of the division’s fireplace police.)
A Rider College spokeswoman mentioned he is been positioned on administrative depart. “He was employed in August 2017. All public security workers at Rider should full a passable background examine as a contingency of their employment,” the college mentioned in a press release.
The prosecutor’s workplace mentioned that Berman was accused of “assuming the persona of a teenage lady so as to persuade a teenage boy to ship him nude pictures and movies of himself by an internet video streaming utility.”
He additionally engaged in sexually-explicit conversations with the boy and was discovered to be in possession of kid pornography, the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned.
He was arrested Friday on expenses of 4 counts of endangering the welfare of a kid.
Police who search his dwelling within the 100 block of Lucas Drive Friday seized his mobile phone, pill and different digital gadgets to investigate of their investigation, the workplace mentioned.
The prosecutor’s workplace mentioned Assistant Prosecutor LaChia Bradshaw will ask that Berman be detained pending trial. He’s at the moment being held within the Burlington County Jail.
BCPO Excessive-Tech Crimes Unit Detective Kevin Sobotka led the investigation, and the workplace had help from the New Jersey State Police Digital Expertise Investigations Unit, United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Safety Investigations and the Bordentown Metropolis Police Division.
The prosecutor’s workplace mentioned anybody who has details about any inappropriate habits by Berman ought to name the Excessive-Tech Crimes Unit at 609-265-5035.
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