WESTFIELD, NJ — The Delaware man arrested on the grounds of Westfield's Tamaques Elementary School in June has pleaded guilty to second-degree possession of a firearm, authorities said.

Thomas J. Wilkie of Bear, Delaware, entered the plea Monday at Superior Court in Elizabeth, authorities confirmed.

The indictment states that he had a black Glock handgun in his possession, which he did not have a permit to carry in New Jersey. Westfield police had arrested Wilkie in the school’s parking lot June 13 after school let out.

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The affidavit of probable cause filed in the case charges that Wilkie entered Tamaques Elementary School on “multiple occasions … after school hours and without permission.”

The complaint further states that Wilkie had two loaded magazines in his pockets. Authorities then said he had been at the school to see a romantic partner.

A grand jury had previously returned a six-count indictment against Wilkie ranging in degree from second to fourth degrees, including third degree possession of a firearm on school grounds.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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