UNION COUNTY, NJ - An astronomy and physics teacher from Columbia High School in Maplewood was arrested and charged with third-degree possession of child pornography, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced on Thursday.

Michael A. Morrill, 55, of Union, was arrested and charged after the Union County detectives found digital files of children being sexually exploited on his laptop, Davenport said in a news release.

Morrill's other electronic devices including a tablet, desktop computers, laptops, removable hard drives, and other storage devices will also be forensically examined, she said. Morrill has been employed at Columbia High School for 25 years, Davenport said.

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Morrill was identified as a suspect in an investigation the Internet Crimes Against Children subdivision of the Union County Prosecutor's Office Cyber Crime Task Force conducted earlier this year, according to Davenport.

Columbia High School Interim Assistant Superintendent Gayle Carrick was unavailable for comment as of this writing.

He is scheduled to appear in court on June 19 at the Union County Jail in Elizabeth.

If convicted, Morrill could face three to five years in state prison, prosecutors said.