Louisville High School Teacher Faces Federal Child Porn Charges

Lex 18
June 3, 2015

A Louisville high school teacher accused of engaging in a sexually explicit online relationship with a young teen boy faces federal charges.

Federal prosecutors charged Patrick Newman, 33, with engaging in unlawful online communications with a 13-year-old boy, along with possession of child pornography. Newman teaches at Trinity High School and serves as an assistant football coach.

According to a press release sent out by the Department of Justice on Tuesday, Newman and the boy "used social media applications VINE and KIK for their communications."

According to the DOJ release, "Newman used, persuaded, induced, enticed, or coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct, knowing or having reason to know that such visual depiction would be transported or transmitted using any means or facility of interstate commerce."

According to court documents, a search of the home Newman shares with his mother turned up child porn videos on Newman's two dropbox accounts. Authorities say he admitted to sending sexually explicit photos and videos though the social media sites to a 13-year-old boy in Texas.

"At this point, the charges relate only to online activity," Acting U.S. Attorney John Kuhn said. "Law enforcement has no information at present about criminal conduct other than online activity."

Investigators say Newman's user name "321havingfun123" and his vanity name of "Good Times" matched the name and account of the person sending the 13-year-old child the porn. They say the boy also described Newman physically. Among the requests from 321havingfun123 to the boy was a message that read, "Make me a long sexy video... I just want to see as much of you as possible." He then went into graphic detail to ask the child to complete explicit sex acts.

Newman's attorney, Brian Butler, said, "He (Newman) has no record whatsoever, he's been a model citizen he's been well educated. He's been a teacher, he's been a coach by all accounts very well respected, well liked."

Trinity High School released the following statement Tuesday afternoon.

"We have been informed that a faculty member has been charged with a crime involving internet pornography. We do not believe this has any relationship to the school. He has been placed on an indefinite leave pending further investigation. We are always concerned for the safety and well-being of young people and we will assist authorities as we can."

Chief Communications Officer for the Archdiocese of Louisville Cecelia Hart Price said they learned of Newman's arrest on Tuesday. She released a statement that read in part, "The Archdiocese has not received any reports about Mr. Newman, and there are no indications of any involvement of the schools in this matter. Trinity has placed the teacher on leave pending further investigation. As always, the Archdiocese will cooperate with the authorities as they investigate this situation."



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