UPDATE: Havelock city commissioner still on board amid child porn charges

HAVELOCK, NC (WITN) - A city commissioner is still on the board after being charged with multiple counts of child pornography, according to the city.

A spokesperson for the city of Havelock said Tuesday that Pete Van Vliet is still on the Board of Commissioners for the city.

He was arrested at his home in late December on 12 counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to arrest warrants obtained by WITN, the SBI says they 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.

The city of Havelock's website says he coaches youth lacrosse, cross country and junior varsity basketball at Annunciation Catholic School. The Diocese of Raleigh told WITN that Van Vliet hasn't coached at the school since March 2019.

Van Vliet has been a commissioner since 2014.

The SBI is currently investigating.



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A commissioner in one Eastern Carolina city who has also coached youth sports is accused of multiple counts of child pornography.

The SBI says shortly after midnight, Pete Van Vliet, a Havelock city commissioner, was arrested at his home on Scotch Pine Court on 12 counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

The 42-year-old Van Vliet was released on a $100,000 bond.

The SBI says they were requested on Friday by Havelock police to investigate Van Vliet. The agency says as this is an ongoing investigation they can't release any more information.

According to arrest warrants obtained by WITN, the SBI says they 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.

Warrants say the offenses happened between February 4th and December 30th of this year.

Havelock's website says the former Marine was re-elected earlier this year to another term. He's been a commissioner since 2014.

The bio says Van Vliet also coaches youth lacrosse, cross country, and junior varsity basketball at Annunciation Catholic School. But the Diocese of Raleigh told WITN that Van Vliet hasn't coached at the school since March 2019.