31-year-old Haverford man faces child pornography charges

Media, Pa – Today District Attorney Jack Whelan announced Thomas J. Tomeo, Jr., 31, of Haverford Township is charged with child pornography possession and dissemination, sexual abuse of children, and criminal use of communication facility, all felonies of the third degree.

As a result of investigating peer-to-peer file sharing programs for the distribution and sharing of child pornography, detectives with the District Attorney’s Delaware County Criminal Investigation (CID) and PA Internet Crime Against Children (ICAC) Task Force obtained a search warrant for the residence of Thomas Tomeo and launched an investigation into the possession of child pornography.

On August 24, approximately 6:10 a.m., a search warrant was conducted at Tomeo’s residence at 34 Woodbine Road in Havertown by CID Sergeant Kenneth Bellis, affiant Det. Edmund Pisani, Det. Chis Tankelewizc, Det. John Hoffner, and Analyst Brian Knowlton. Officer Mark Travaline of the Haverford Police Department also assistance with the warrant and search.

During the search, a number of pieces of digital equipment and devices were confiscated from the property including a custom built computer. During a forensic examination of a hard drive, 250 images of child pornography were recovered depicting female children between the ages of 8 and 12 years.

“Those who possess child pornography contribute to the appalling exploitation of innocent children and our detectives with the ICAC Task Force are actively working to locate and arrest them,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan. “I would like to commend Det. Edmond Pisani and the ICAC Task Force for their continued work to find and apprehend these perpetrators.”

Thomas J. Tomeo, Jr. surrendered to detectives this morning at CID headquarters and was arranged by Magisterial District Judge, Lisa C. Lacianca who set conditions of no contact with children, no Internet and a Psycho Sexual Evaluation. He was released after posting bail which was set at ten percent of $75,000. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 12.