A Rutgers University biochemistry instructor is accused of using his office computer to share hundreds of child pornography videos online, prosecutors said.

Gavin Swiatek -- an instructor at the university's Cook Campus in New Brunswick, N.J. -- is being held on $50,000 bail at Middlesex County Jail after he was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession and distribution of child pornography, The Star-Ledger reported.

The 49-year-old allegedly used a college computer to exchange hundreds of videos of children, using peer-to-peer file sharing, the state Attorney General's Office said in a statement.

His computer, a laptop and other digital media items were seized from his home and office, according to the newspaper.

The university said Swiatek was suspended from teaching and barred from the campus while it considered whether to fire him.

He could be jailed for up to 10 years if convicted.