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Mar 20, 2014 7:16 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

6 Investigates Follow-up: Child Counselor's License Suspended

CORPUS CHRISTI - A man who works as a counselor for children had his license suspended today, and could lose it all together.

The State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors in Austin recommended revoking Robert Berlin's license after hearing several complaints against him.

The Board says Berlin violated several rules, including engaging in sexual contact or sexual exploitation with one of his clients.

His clients are almost all young boys.

The Board's request almost didn't happen thanks to a bureaucratic hiccup.

Their lawyer informed them that suspension must be followed by a hearing with a judge within 10 days, and that her schedule for the next two weeks was too full.

The Board went into executive session, and when they came out, somehow, everything was back on track.

The Board based their decision mainly on one complaint, and several police reports dating back to 2012, when a 12 a year old boy told police that Berlin asked to see his penis during a counseling session.

That outcry led to a search of Berlin's office and home, where police found what appeared to be child pornography.

Berlin's lawyer represented him at the hearing, saying that allegations against him are false.

She cited that Berlin was never charged with possession of child porn.

On that note, the Nueces County District Attorney's Office did investigate Berlin for possession of child pornography, but didn't file any charges.

They say they didn't have enough evidence.

A hearing to determine if his license will be revoked all together will be held in several weeks.

Full disclosure: One of the complaints against Robert Berlin Jr. was filed by a KRIS Communications employee.

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