MIDDLETOWN, N.J. - Children here got more than they bargained for when they tuned into "Handy Manny" on the Disney Channel this week. Now cable giant Comcast is investigating how hardcore pornography was broadcast during a popular cartoon program.

Customer Paul Dunleavy, of Middletown, Monmouth County, would also like to know. He was stunned Tuesday morning to find his 5-year-old son watching something other than a cartoon about a bilingual Latino handyman, Manny Garcia, and his talking tools.

"It was two people doing their thing, it was full-on and it was disgusting," Dunleavy, the father of three told the New York Daily News.

"I couldn't believe it," he said. "We try to do the right thing to protect our kids from this stuff, and then they broadcast it on children's TV."

Dunleavy's phone number was unlisted when attempts were made to contact him yesterday.

Comcast spokesman Fred DeAndrea confirmed the programming error occurred about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. He described it as an "isolated issue in a local New Jersey facility."

"We automatically detected the issue and it was corrected promptly," he said. "We apologize to any customer who experienced an issue yesterday morning." He added that the mistake was made by his company, not Disney. *