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Charges against Quincy pastor, former Marine colonel involve three children

Todd Shane Tomko
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 28, 2017 10:20 am Updated: Nov. 28, 2017 10:26 am

QUINCY -- A Quincy pastor and former U.S. Marine Corps colonel faces multiple sex abuse charges involving three children in Virginia.

The Virginia Beach Police Department said Tuesday that Todd Shane Tomko, 57, faces three counts of aggravated sexual battery, three counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of felony cruelty to children.SClBA Virginia Beach police spokesman said the alleged incidents occurred in Virginia Beach beginning in 2002, and that the three children were known to Tomko.

Police said Tomko will be served the warrants after he is transferred to Virginia Beach. As of Tuesday morning, Tomko remained in the Adams County Jail, where he has been held since Nov. 22.

A Quincy native, Tomko enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1983. He has served as pastor of Parkview Church, 1500 S. Eighth, since his 2016 retirement from the military.

Tomko was sentenced to 60 days of confinement and fined $10,000 on May 27, 2016, after pleading guilty to conduct unbecoming of an officer for having an inappropriate relationship with a female Marine corporal, according to a report in the Washington Post. He also pleaded guilty to possession of anabolic steroids and unprescribed testosterone, violations of a military protective order, and drunkenness at a court arraignment, the newspaper reported.

Tomko, the former commander of the Wounded Warrior Regiment in Quantico, Va., was charged Feb. 12, 2016, with abusive sexual contact, obstruction of justice, illegal possession of steroids and other crimes in Virginia. Military officials told the Washington Post that Tomko had been relieved of his command of the Wounded Warrior Regiment in 2015 because of "a loss of confidence in his leadership."

Charging documents indicate that Tomko was accused of sexually assaulting a female Marine corporal in October 2014 by forcibly kissing her on the mouth and later making derogatory remarks about her.

Two other women also had filed sexual assault complaints previously against Tomko, the newspaper reported. One civilian court case was withdrawn in January 2016 after an administrative complaint was upheld.

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