Suspected child molester free on bail

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A man accused of 111 counts of child molestation is free on bail Monday and is living with a relative in a gated community.

Hank Silverberg spoke with worried resident.

The fifty-three-year-old Thomas Villacrest is living in Aquia Harbor, in a gate community in Stafford County until his trial in October. He was school board chairman in 2005 and served eight years after he allegedly molested children in the county. During that time he worked with the boy scouts and his church.

His arrival in Aquia Harbor came after a judge decided he could stay confined to a relative's home until trial. The police chief says she will not discuss the case but did issue a statement on Facebook to local residents.

The statement advises residents that Villacrest is being electronically monitored and has been ordered to stay away from the commune's preschool and seven parks. It also urged parents to make sure their children travel in groups.

The Harbor is a small gated community of 10,000 people. WUSA9 could not get in, however talked to some residents who are concerned about this man living there until trial.

The charges against Villacrest, who lived in Florida when he was arrested came mostly from his own statements. While undergoing a background check for a job with the Defense Intelligence Agency he told investigators he had a lifelong sexual interest in children and had fondled 20 children numerous times over six years.

Police are still looking for additional victims.


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