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Villanova campus minister arrested on fed child porn charges

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A longtime minister at Villanova University has been charged with possession of child pornography, according to federal authorities.

Timothy O’Connell, 51, of Drexel Hill, faces federal child porn charges in connection with an investigation into another man. O’Connell, who served as the Main Line university’s minister for Latino Outreach is being held and is due in court Friday to face child porn charges.

Villanova has suspended O’Connell and barred him from returning to the campus.

“Villanova University is appalled and horrified by these allegations,” a spokesperson for the school said. “The university has suspended this individual and he is not permitted to return to campus.”


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Federal authorities indicated they came upon O’Connell while investigating a man named Justyn Perez-Colon, according to the criminal complaint filed in the O’Connell case. On July 10, federal officials searched O’Connell’s Drexel Hill home, Villanova office and two vehicles. The criminal complain indicates O’Connell admitted he was communicating with Perez-Colon and sharing child porn through the messaging app Kik.

Perez-Colon was arrested back on Feb. 14 and charged with production of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.



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