Former Quincy pastor and retired Marine enters plea for child sex abuse charges

Todd “Shane” Tomko makes an appearance in a Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court on Thursday, March 1, 2018 (Photo courtesy of: Steve Earley with The Virginian-Pilot)

A retired Marine and Quincy native who served as pastor of his late father's church entered an Alford plea Tuesday morning for aggravated sexual battery, indecent liberties with a child and child abuse and neglect.

Todd Shane Tomko, 54, was sentenced to 36 months in jail with 18 months suspended for time already served in the Virginia Beach City Jail as part of the plea agreement.

Tomko was ordered to have no contact with the victims or their parents.

That includes third-party communication and communication via telephone, e-mail, social media or in person.

According to The Virginian-Pilot, prosecutors agreed to reduce three counts of aggravated sexual battery to assault and battery, and drop three charges of indecent liberties and one charge of child abuse and neglect.

The Virginia-Pilot also reports that during a preliminary hearing in March, three siblings, now two adult women and one man, described both physical and verbal mistreatment from the former Marine when he would visit Virginia Beach.

The siblings have said the abuse spanned years, starting when the youngest was 5 years old and happened in front of their parents.

They also said in the spring hearing that Tomko would expose himself and frequently made sexual comments.

Quincy police arrested Tomko in connection to those Virginia charges last November.

He had been serving as a pastor of Parkview Church on South 8th Street after retiring from the military.

Tomko served more than 30 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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