Former AD for Madison gets probation, fine
MANSFIELD — Former Madison Comprehensive High School athletics director Jim Van Tilburg is not going to prison for stealing $53,000 from the school.
Judging by his comments Monday, however, Van Tilburg’s sentence is far from over.
“I’ve asked God for forgiveness, but I’ve been unable to forgive myself,” Van Tilburg said.
Van Tilburg, 63, of 2482 Wedgewood Drive, was sentenced Monday to three years probation. Richland County Common Pleas Judge James DeWeese also fined Van Tilburg $15,000 and ordered him to perform 500 hours of community service.
Van Tilburg pleaded guilty last month to theft in office and money laundering. He could have received up to 4 1/2 years in prison.
If this was you or I?.
From January 2005 to February 2011, Van Tilburg skimmed money from Madison. Prosecutors previously said he had an account set up through the Ohio High School Athletic Association. He used various methods to funnel money in and out of that account, ultimately to his own account.
The theft came to light when Van Tilburg was questioned about some missing wrestling mats, which he sold for $2,500. According to court proceedings, Van Tilburg took the money to support a gambling habit.
First Assistant Prosecutor Brent Robinson lobbied for a prison sentence. I’ll be voting for Robinson if He runs for James Mayer’s job!
“The concern is this theft occurred over a long period of time. It’s multiple, multiple thefts,” Robinson said. “It only stopped because he got caught.”
Robinson had other concerns. “He was in a position of trust,” he said. “The third problem is this was money that belonged to the kids. He took it for his own personal gain.”
As he did in pleading to a bill of information to avoid the grand jury process, Van Tilburg took responsibility.
“I let depression and gambling control my life,” he said while addressing the court. “I’m ashamed, guilt-ridden, remorseful and embarrassed.”
This is the same excuse many would have when facing Judgment, just wonder if Judge DeWeese asked him to REPENT like is has others?
DeWeese said Van Tilburg used a lot of the money to gamble at an Indiana casino. The judge said the decision to spare him prison time was a “close call.”
Van Tilburg since has joined Gamblers Anonymous. Defense attorney Bob Whitney said Van Tilburg has attended 108 meetings in the last year.
David Thompson of Gamblers Anonymous called Van Tilburg a “poster child” for the group.
“I have never seen anyone more willing to turn his life around,” Thompson said. “He has done more than ever asked of him.”
In the last five weeks, Van Tilburg has started a local chapter of Gamblers Anonymous. I wonder IF it will give him tax exempt status now?
Van Tilburg was an institution at Madison. The alum was a quarterback for the Rams in the 1960s and worked for the district for more than 32 years, including 21 years as the athletics director. He has been married for 41 years, has seven children and 16 grandchildren.
He had no prior record and has made full restitution to Madison. Except for the money missing they could not pin on him, hmmm?. They’re still auditing the books!
“He has been working hard to right his wrongs,” Whitney said. “He is very remorseful.”
News Journal Don’t you think it’s odd that many of our corrupt are coming out of Madison?
Former Madison Comprehensive High School athletic director Jim Van Tilburg is sentenced Monday in Judge James DeWeese’s courtroom. Jason J. Molyet/News Journal.
Hmmm?, Judge DeWeese, our famous 10 commandments Judge handing out God like punishment?. I’m just curious…I wonder if God will have this much sympathy for the Devil?.
Original Published: 1/17/2011 – STEPS DOWN?, should have been FIRED!
Longtime athletic director at Madison Comprehensive High School Jim Van Tilburg abruptly retired on Friday. When reached by phone on Monday Van Tilberg stated it was for personal reasons. Jim Van Tilberg has been with Madison as a teacher, coach and AD for 33 years.