Special ed teacher arrested on porn charges

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A special-education teacher for Lawrence Middle School was arrested Thursday on child pornography charges after more than 100 explicit images were found on his home computer, Nassau police said.
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Joe Sea Cliff

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#21
Nov 15, 2011
 
The disturbing thing is a possible mistaken identity with the child porn. The possible perp is alternately named Jeffrey Berke and Jeffrey Berg. Let's straighten that out first and then point the finger in the right direction.
True Victims

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#22
Dec 2, 2011
 
Good point. But there is no mistkaen identity in the fact that Jeffrey Berke was charged and pleaded guilty for possession of child pornography. The question is whether or not there were victims of sexual abuse at his hand. I am saying that there are. The finger gets pointed in the direction of the Jeffrey Berke in Rockville Center. who this list-serv is about.
Better Judgement

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#23
Dec 2, 2011
 
Nobody should expect a 9-year-old boy to report a sexual molestation incident. He was left devastated, embarressed and probably guilty. Teacher Jeffrey Berke has made a guilty plea to possessing child pornography. Who knows what else he has done as a pedophile.
No Questions

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#24
Dec 11, 2011
 
You are right Better Judgment. Some studies have suggested that pedophiles like Jeffrey Berke can have 100 victims. The sad thing is defenders of perpetrators like Berke often attack the victims who have been devastated by what has been done to them. The only good thing to come out of the mess that Penn State has highlighted is that victims are starting to see they can fight back. Perhaps our society will start to realize that the ones to attack are people like Jeffrey Berke, not the ones whose lives have been destroyed by such perverts.
Better Judgement

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#25
Dec 11, 2011
 
Truth wrote:
Where are you now Person_5. Silent. Like all the perpetrators of sexual abuse at Penn State? I wonder what kind of investigation was done at the school where Jeffrey Berke worked? Funny how nobody mentions that. How was Jeffrey Berke allowed to "retire" and now one questioned it? Sounds very much like what goes on in most cases. As they all lawyer up maybe someone should ask the question why are the laws of our society designed to protect perpetrators of child pornography and abuse like Jeffrey Berke? I'm sure the most likely response will be silence.
I'm always suspicious of a person who takes three separate posts to make their point about anything. Also of anybody who names themselves something as absurd as Person 5.

If there were anything socially redeeming about the Penn State
tragedy, it was that the perpetrator was caught and is now being
summarily punished by authorities. The once-silent victims have come forward and it has made a national story.

That has brought the sordid subject of child molestation to the fore, bared and scrupulously examined for the public to swallow and digest. There are these things going on out there and close to home, so we must be vigilant and more careful with our children in vulnerable situations.

With a few exceptions, Jeffrey Berke has been indicted by those whose children had contact with him in camps and classes. As mentioned above, a child whose image is in his alleged pornography collection is also a VICTIM. So don't be silent any longer. The only way to fight these incidents and the perps involved is to bring it out in the open.
True Victims

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#26
Dec 14, 2011
 
Well said, Better Judgment. People forget that there are real children in those Videos Jeffrey Berke had on his computer. Through some contact with those involved in the investigation, I know the titles of some of them and it is heartbreaking to think what those kids went through. It appears you are from that area and I would be interested in knowing if you have more information as to how it was handled by the school/community. Most likely, it was covered up like what we are seeing now. It galls me to no end that Jeffrey Berke now lives off of our tax dollars after most certainly destroying the lives of a number of kids. I have done some digging on this case and have the feeling there is much more than currently meets the eye. I think we can all best protect our children by insuring that child sex offenders like Jeffrey Berke know that they will not be able to be perpetrators of abuse and get away with it. People will have the strength to bring it out in the open and make them face what they have done.
True Victims

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#27
Mar 1, 2012
 
It is amazing how convicted sex offenders from the school continue to be exposed and little or nothing is done about it. The recent spate of these types of cases reinforces the fact that sex offenders like Jeffrey M. Berke need to be dealt with.

New York State is now considering pension reform. How about figuring out a way to insure child sex offenders like Jeffrey M. Berke cannot live off the publics money the rest of their life?

It is disgusting no one has the strength to confront issues like this...we keep hearing a lot of talk and seeing little action. Meanwhile, the perpetrators continue to abuse innocents.....
Person_5

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#28
May 27, 2012
 
Actually, "true victims" clever name, by the way. I know every detail of that, and know that what you're saying, which, understandably so, has anger towards this issue & the justice system. However, the fact of the matter is, unless you know him and his individual circumstances you know NOTHING. what you're saying regarding the children day camp and "having him be around children" is absolute bogus, uncooth, and down right wrong for lack of a better word. As I said, you both sound completely ignorant, and I am allowed to say that because the more you speak, the more you have no facts to back up an opinion that you just conceived out of pure anger for this serious issue (which I agree it is) however, not to do with this man. Unfortunately, "Truth", oh the irony of your name, I didn't see this post until now- and to argue your point which is absolutely wrong, once again, my response will always and forever be anything but silent.
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#29
May 27, 2012
 
and "better judgement" I should be commenting on your name considering you actually go out of your way to make yourself feel more secure about your argument by giving yourself a nickname such as that. I believe I was the 5th person to comment, therefore I don't need any other name to secure my position. I agree with everyone regarding the justice system, and the unfair treatment of certain perpetrators out there. However, I am discussing one man & one man only, and you all have no idea the kind of set up he was brought into & people who literally set him up out of nowhere because they were angry at other circumstances. The kind of manipulation people are able to create and pursue is astounding to me. I am speaking from the other side, that is where I am coming from. Again, you know nothing about this man so please stop using his name. If this is bringing fourth a bigger issue, fine; however, Jeffrey the individual should be left out completely.
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#30
May 27, 2012
 
oh, and considering this conversation is still not being put to rest about an individual whose name shouldn't even be put in the bigger issue at hand here is still going on, I will take p 70480 spaces if I have to.
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#31
May 27, 2012
 
And, to touch upon what you had said "Truth" it is because our world is still trying to figure out the happy medium between generalizations of what is just, and fairly accomodating to the circumstances of the individual. Nobody questioned it because CLEARLY his individual circumstances 1000% deserved to retire. Again, you know nothing of this matter of the individual that once again...should be completely left out of the bigger issue this is bringing to surface.
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#32
May 27, 2012
 
and, as for my 5th space, which you can go ahead and be so "suspicious" of, when in actuality it's because I have a lot to say to shut up some people.. but.. shouldn't we be looking into the fact that there is such a thing as "kiddie porn" anyway? if the child is such a "victim" why is there face being exposed in an explicit disgusting video?
True Victims

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#33
May 29, 2012
 
Person 5. You seem to know a lot about this case and instead of all the smokecreen why don't you tell us more about Jeffrey M. Berke, who was convicted of possession of child porn and who apparently has sexually abused children. I don't have all the facts but am interested in them. The facts are that he was caught with the porn and did in fact plead guilty. As with many other child abusers, Jeffrey M. Berke put himself in a position to have exposure to children, particularly those with problems. I find it interesting, child abusers such as Jeffrey M. Berke so often work in a school. There is no law that requires an investigation to be done once they are caught and in fact, Jeffrey M. Berke perpetrator of child porn and abuse now collects a pension from New York State.

You are right, person 5 to be concerned that this discussion is going to emerge and Jeffrey M. Berke, convicted sex offender, is going to be individually identified with it. Why shouldn't he? I hear a lot of tough talk from you but let's see you back it up. Tell us the details. Tell us what happened? Tell us what Jeffrey M. Berke, convicted sex offender, wants us to hear. If you don't want to in a public forum do so in a private one. The world wants to know.

Convicted sex offenders like Jeffrey M. Berke are going to learn that they mkay take advantage of vulnerable children when they can but at some poimt, they are going to be held accountable for their actions. He sounds like he would be the perfect example of this.

And by the way, a child's face is exposed in those disgusting videos because they are forced into these horrid situations. As the public learns individuals like Jeffrey M. Berke are living off of their money after destroying the lives of these kids, it will end.

So tell us Person 5, tell us how it is different.
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#34
Jun 8, 2012
 
The following has been posted on numerous blogs:

With the recent number of incidents involving students being sexually abused by teachers I think we need to take a long hard look at how these incidents are handled. If we do, it will be a sad day as we will find that the perpetrators are more protected than the innocents whose life they are destroying.

Sandusky gives us a scary look into the mind of a pedophile but there are way more cases like this. The following example illustrates this point. There is a case on Long Island where a level one sex offender was allowed to "retire" in between the time he was arrested and the time he pleaded guilty. Subsequent to his arrest, no real investigation was done to see if there are other victims. He now collects a nice NYS pension and is living off our tax dollars.

He recently has made some posts defending his position on the following blog:

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/baldwin-ny/TV...

If offers a fascinating, albeit sick look into the minds of those whom our children are being left in the hands of. Maybe its' time someone takes a really close look at how these incidents are handled in our state. I think there are 3 clear questions that arise from cases like this:

1) Are we doing enough to protect our children or do we need stronger consequences to predators who take jobs in the school systems to gain exposure to potential victims?

2) How is it legal for a perpetrator of any kind of child abuse, especially someone who used their job to gain exposure to victims, allowed to live off of tax payor money?

3) How is it legal for schools NOT to do a thorough investigation once a predator is found in their employ when some studies show child abusers can have over 100 victims?

4) Why do the media keep publishing stories about these incidents and never address these questions?

I hope at some point our society gains the strength to protect our children and answer these questions
Pam is stupid

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#35
Jun 18, 2012
 
Pam wrote:
How can one be charge with sexual misconduct with children, when there was no contact with children whatsoever?
You have to ask the question?
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#36
Jun 18, 2012
 
Really, Pam? You have to ask the question? Because it's illegal. The purchase, consumption and making of it perpetuates abuse of children. They are not consenting adults as "adult" porn stars like yourself are. You are retarded.
Person number 5 diatribe

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Jun 18, 2012
 
True Victims wrote:
Person 5. You seem to know a lot about this case and instead of all the smokecreen why don't you tell us more about Jeffrey M. Berke, who was convicted of possession of child porn and who apparently has sexually abused children. I don't have all the facts but am interested in them. The facts are that he was caught with the porn and did in fact plead guilty. As with many other child abusers, Jeffrey M. Berke put himself in a position to have exposure to children, particularly those with problems. I find it interesting, child abusers such as Jeffrey M. Berke so often work in a school. There is no law that requires an investigation to be done once they are caught and in fact, Jeffrey M. Berke perpetrator of child porn and abuse now collects a pension from New York State.
You are right, person 5 to be concerned that this discussion is going to emerge and Jeffrey M. Berke, convicted sex offender, is going to be individually identified with it. Why shouldn't he? I hear a lot of tough talk from you but let's see you back it up. Tell us the details. Tell us what happened? Tell us what Jeffrey M. Berke, convicted sex offender, wants us to hear. If you don't want to in a public forum do so in a private one. The world wants to know.
Convicted sex offenders like Jeffrey M. Berke are going to learn that they mkay take advantage of vulnerable children when they can but at some poimt, they are going to be held accountable for their actions. He sounds like he would be the perfect example of this.
And by the way, a child's face is exposed in those disgusting videos because they are forced into these horrid situations. As the public learns individuals like Jeffrey M. Berke are living off of their money after destroying the lives of these kids, it will end.
So tell us Person 5, tell us how it is different.
Person Number 5's diatribe is an indication of an obsessive personality, lacking awareness and the ability for self-editing, not to mention crystalization of thought. He definitely touches children and small animals.
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#38
Jun 22, 2012
 
I agree with the last statement. It is unbelievable how people like Jeffrey M. Berke and Jerry Sandusky try to justify their behavior. Notice how Sandusky didn't testify? It is funny how Jeffrey M. Berke wants to keep his name out of the discussion.

There are a lot of similarities between Jeffrey M. Berke and Jerry Sandusky. In addition to owning a summer camp, Jeffrey M. Berke put himself off as a psychologist (even though he is not) and provided "therapy" to kids that were having a difficult time. He also owned a tutoring center where he had exposure to a great many struggling children. Of course, he was a failure at these things (no wonder why) and then went into the school system, another place sex offenders seem to gravitate towards.

Now, all Jeffrey M. Berke and Jerry Sandusky want to do is avoid being held accountable for their actions. I wonder if Jerry Sandusky will have the opportunity to live off of tax payer money like Jeffrey M. Berke?

Not only does he like to touch animals but he is one. And he gets treated better by the criminal justice system than the victims. Our society allows it to continue. The Jerry Sandusky case is a great example of victims standing up for themselves. Jeffrey M. Berke is another because he will not be allowed to stay silent.

Jerry Sandusky and Jeffrey M. Berke (and many others) all share the same M.O. they are blood brothers.
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#39
Jun 30, 2012
 
Great news. Search for Jerry Sandusky and penions and you will find that people are beginning to question how such a travesty can happen. The rallying call in New York will begin shortly. The posts that ahve been left seem to be having an effect:

With the increasing awareness of the number of incidents involving students being sexually abused by teachers this is the perfect place to start.
Given that so many educators are now being caught sexually abusing children, letís close the loopholes allowing them to live off of tax payer money after they are convicted.
The following example illustrates this point. There is a case on Long Island where a level one sex offender Jeffrey M. Berke was allowed to "retire" in between the time he was arrested and the time he pleaded guilty. Subsequent to his arrest, no real investigation was done to see if there are other victims. He now collects a nice NYS pension and is living off our tax dollars.
He recently has made some posts defending his position on the following blog:
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/baldwin-ny/TV...
People like Sandusky and Berke give us the perfect opportunity to look at some common sense approaches at protecting our children. A good start would be to answer a few basic questions regarding the laws governing how these incidents are handled:
1) How is it legal for a perpetrator of any kind of child abuse, especially someone who used their job to gain exposure to victims, allowed to live off of tax payer money?
2) How is it legal for schools NOT to do a thorough investigation once a predator is found in their employ when some studies show child abusers can have over 100 victims?

And perpetrators like Jeffrey M. Berke and Jerry Sandusky remain silent. Let's hope society doesn't.
JusticeforVictim s

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Oct 12, 2012
 
Isn't it funny how similar Jerry Sandusky and Jefferey M. Berke sound. How wonderful has it been to see perpetrators be held accountable for their actions? Hopefully lay people will now see how true perpetrators deny even in the fact of evidence. The pathology invovled is unbelievable but slowly we will start seeing these child abusers be held accountable. Noptice how Jeffrey M. Berke has disappeared as soon as it was clear no one would buy his crap.

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