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Former Havelock commissioner, Catholic school coach convicted on child porn charges

Posted August 28, 2020 8:44 a.m. EDT
Updated August 28, 2020 8:59 a.m. EDT

Peter "Pete" Devlin VanVliet (WITN.com photo)

— A former Havelock city commissioner was convicted on child pornography charges this week.

Peter Van Vilet, 42, of 1415 Scotch Pine Court, was arrested by the State Bureau of Investigations in December and charged with 12 counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He was convicted on these charges and registered on the state sex offender registry.

He was sentenced to two years of prison and five years of probation, according to the sex offender registry.

The SBI found computer video files of children, some possibly as young as two years old, engaged in various sex acts with other children as well as adults, according to arrest warrants obtained by WITN.

He was a commissioner until 2014. Vilet coached cross country, youth lacrosse and junior varsity basketball at Annunciation Catholic School. He hasn't coached there since March 2019, officials told WITN.

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