Local College Student Arrested For Having Child Porn On Computer

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — A college student has been arrested for having child porn on his computer.  Police say they received a tip that child porn might be on a computer that belonged to Michael Bernatchez. 

Police were able to get a search warrant and seize the computer.  They found several videos and photographs of children involved in sexual activity on the device. 

Bernatchez has been charged with seven counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor.  He was given a $50,000 bond. 

Bernatchez was participating in a college internship for teaching at East Mooresville Intermediate School.  He was scheduled to begin student teaching in the fall. 

At this point, police do not believe any of the children in the videos or photos were students at the school.