Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – An alternative-school principal has been placed on paid leave during an investigation into child pornography found on a school computer, Palmdale School District said Friday. Oak Tree Learning Center Principal Robert Berlinger was placed on paid leave Jan. 19 and a computer onto which pornographic images of children may have been downloaded was turned over Jan. 24 to sheriff’s detectives, school district and sheriff’s officials said. “To protect the privacy of the personnel involved, we do not comment on confidential personnel matters. However, we understand there is a criminal investigation pending and the district will fully cooperate with law enforcement,” Assistant Superintendent Roger Gallizzi said. Berlinger, a 30-year Palmdale schools employee who over the years has been a principal at several schools, has not been arrested or charged with a crime. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Berlinger’s attorney, Richard Schwab, defended his client. “I don’t think there’s anything at this time to comment about,” Schwab said. “My understanding is a computer is being investigated. That’s all I know at this juncture. “We are confident everything will work out appropriately. Many individuals are subject to various types of inquiries and investigations and oftentimes it leads to nothing. Other times it may,” Schwab said. “Obviously if something is there, we will respond at that particular time. Mr. Berlinger is a well-respected, well-liked gentleman.” Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Becker said the school computer was turned over to the Sheriff’s Department High Tech Task Force. “So far, we have not gotten notification back from them if there is child pornography on the computer or not,” Becker said.