Former Howell Softball Treasurer Stole $40,000 from League, Facing Second Child Porn Charge

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Thomas Vilanova, of Howell, stole $40,000 from the Howell Girls Softball League has been serving probation for a 2017 conviction of child endangerment and possession of child pornography, in particular, images of child sexual abuse.   This week, Vilanova was picked up by the authorities in a county-wide operation, once again for sharing and receiving child pornography online.

It turns out, Vilanova used some of the $40,00 he stole from the league in order to bail himself out of jail on the 2017 charges.

Vilanova was charged with one count of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material), contrary to N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4b(5)(b)(iii). Vilanova is currently on probation for a 2017 conviction for third Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material), contrary to N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4b(5)(b)(iii). Vilanova is scheduled to appear in court before the Honorable Paul X. Escandon, J.S.C. for a detention hearing on October 22, 2020. Vilanova is represented by Michael Wenning, Esq. of Bradley Beach.

In 2016, Villanova was charged by the Howell Police Department for stealing $40,000 in league funds which he used to pay his bail, his home utility bills, meals, personal car maintenance and home landscaping.

Between July 21, 2020, and October 15, 2020, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit and Monmouth County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested individuals. Assisting in this Operation were members of the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit (DTIU), the New Jersey ICAC Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Monmouth County Sherriff’s Office, The Monmouth County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which includes members from the following police departments: Eatontown, Howell Township, Long Branch, Manalapan, Marlboro, Neptune Twp., Spring Lake, Tinton Falls, and Holmdel; and support from the following Monmouth County Police Departments: Asbury Park, Aberdeen, Middletown, Highlands, Freehold Township and Freehold Borough.

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