Bordentown City man pleads guilty to sexual contact with underage male

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A Bordentown City man pled guilty in Superior Court on Jan. 29 to having sexual contact with an underage male and possessing more than 1,000 images of child pornography, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina.

Coffina announced that the 58-year-old city resident, Alan J. Berman of the 100 block of Lucas Drive, pled guilty to one count of endangering the welfare of a child (second degree), and one count of aggravated criminal sexual contact (third degree).

According to an investigation, the incident occurred last year at Berman’s residence. He was arrested in September 2018. The underage male victim was between the ages of 13 and 16. He and his family were acquainted with Berman at the time of the offense.

Coffina said the investigation into Berman’s actions began last year after the BCPO High-Tech Crimes Unit received intelligence from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) concerning his online activities.  NCMEC was told by an Arkansas woman that her teenage son was contacted online by a man, who was later identified as Berman, and attempted to solicit the teen into inappropriate conversations.

Under an agreement with the prosecutor’s office, Coffina said that Berman could receive a prison term of up to eight years when he’s planned to be sentenced by Judge Gerard H. Breland on May 3.

The investigation was conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office, with assistance from the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Cherry Hill Office, and the Bordentown City Police Department.

Berman is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor LaChia Bradshaw.

The lead investigator was BCPO High-Tech Crimes Unit Detective Kevin Sobotka. The BCPO is a member of the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the New Jersey State Police Cyber Terrorism Task Force.