A former Kent State University business manager is facing child pornography charges stemming from three years ago when he worked at the university.
A Portage County grand jury indicted Jeffrey A. Berghoff, 56, of Stow, last week on 25 counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.
Authorities and Kent State are being tight-lipped about the investigation, and court documents reveal little about the accusations or why he was arrested now.
The allegations stem from January 2010 to September 2010.
County Prosecutor Vic Vigluicci declined to discuss details.
Nine of the counts are second-degree felonies and involve disseminating material, while 16 counts are fourth-degree felonies and involve possession, Vigluicci said.
Berghoff worked at Kent State for 26 years, leaving in October 2010. At the time, he was senior business manager with the College of Education, Health & Human Services in Kent.
His attorney, Thomas Sicuro of Ravenna, said he believed the allegations involve the use of Kent State computers.
“I’m pretty confident based on the account of what transpired that he gave me that he is not guilty of the charge and eventually it will end in acquittal for him,” he said.
Berghoff pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was released on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond. His trial was set for Jan. 21.
A telephone message left Friday for Berghoff was not returned.
The university would not talk about the case.
“We don’t comment on personnel matters,” university spokesman Eric Mansfield said in an email.
The Beacon Journal filed a public records request to examine Berghoff’s personnel file, but it was not available Friday.
The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Kent State University police investigated the case, Vigluicci said.
Both agencies didn’t return a phone call.
Berghoff was featured in the Beacon Journal this month after winning the top prize in West Point Market’s second annual Bottle My Brew Ohio Homebrew Challenge.
He won a $1,000 cash prize and his beer is supposed to be brewed at Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron and released commercially.
Thirsty Dog co-owner John Najeway said he had no plans to brew the beer after learning about the indictment.
West Point owner Rick Vernon could not be reached for comment.
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