Alan T. Panda withdraws guilty pleas
Berlin came to the attention of the media in May 2009, when he was first arrested for unlawful contact with a minor. According to investigators, Berlin, a resident of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, had been in communication with the teen for several weeks and had proposed travelling to the boy's home to have sex in the backyard, and in a shed on his parents' property.
In the furry fandom, Berlin was a fursuiter, babyfur, and "daddyfur/caretaker with a cub side". The media noted Berlin's connection to the fandom, as investigators believed that he and the boy had met on a furry internet site. When Berlin's home was searched, wolf and cat-like costumes were found, and it was alleged that Berlin had discussed dressing up in animal costumes as part of having sex with the boy.
At the time his arrest, Berlin was an aide to Republican senator Jane Orie. He was subquently suspended from his position and later fired.
Berlin was released from jail on June 2, 2009, after posting $100,000 bail, and on July 27 he waived his preliminary hearing in Dauphin County district court. His trial was scheduled for September 13, 2010. On October 27, just prior to the start of his trial, it was reported that he had plead guilty to three felony counts in return for the attorney general’s office agreeing to drop several other charges against him.
Berlin was originally due to be sentenced by Dauphin County Judge Scott A. Evans on January 14, 2011. Now that he has withdrawn his earlier guilty pleas, the judge has scheduled a trial for April 11, and Deputy Attorney General Michael Sprow has stated that all the previously dropped charges will be reinstated.