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Trinity High teacher facing federal child porn, exploitation charges

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Patrick Newman photo via Trinity High School Patrick Newman photo via Trinity High School
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Trinity High School teacher and assistant coach was arrested Tuesday and is facing federal child pornography and exploitation charges, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Patrick Newman, 33, is charged with engaging in unlawful online communications with a 13-year-old boy. 

Authorities say the two used social media apps VINE and KIK to communicate, that Newman, "used a means or facility of interstate commerce to knowingly persuade, induce, entice or coerce" the boy, "to engage in sexual activity for which a person can be charged with a criminal offense."

In addition, Newman is charged with possession of child pornography.

Click here to view a copy of the probable cause affidavit filed in federal court in Louisville Tuesday
(WARNING: Document contains graphic material. The reader is urged to use discretion.)

A search warrant of Newman's Louisville home was executed Tuesday morning by Homeland Security Investigations within the Department of Homeland Security and Newman was arrested and is currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. 

"He's lived an exemplary life, he has no criminal record. I mean he's been extremely successful academically," Newman's attorney Brian Butler told WDRB News.

"I mean obviously he and his family are devastated by the charges. To be arrested this morning and your entire life is changed, that's hard to absorb," said Butler. "Obviously at this stage I can't comment on the evidence we've just been served with the criminal complaint in the case, it's in the early stages. We entered a plea of not guilty today."

A detention hearing is scheduled before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin at 1:30 p.m. on June 5.

"At this point, the charges relate only to online activity," Acting U.S. Attorney John Kuhn stated in the news release. "Law enforcement has no information at present about criminal conduct other than online activity. These very disturbing allegations should underscore how important it is for parents to be aware of their children's Internet activity. The Department of Justice is committed to our children's safety and to prosecuting those who prey on the most vulnerable."

Authorities say that on Jan. 23, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip from Twitter, Inc., about 12 child pornography videos that had been uploaded to VINE (a video sharing app) and one image, uploaded from the same IP address in Texas, between Dec. 28 and Dec. 30.

"Further, an investigation by a Texas Police Department revealed that a 13-year-old male had exchanged nude/sexually explicit photographs of himself with an adult male in March 2015, using KIK messenger," the probable cause affidavit states. 

According to the probable cause affidavit, Newman told authorities he had spoken with other minor boys using KIK messenger and traded images with them. He also allegedly admitted to trading child pornography images with adults via KIK. The affidavit states that examples of child pornography were found in his Dropbox account.

"Newman admitted he does have a sexual attraction mainly to minor boys, ages 13 to 17, but denied ever sexually abusing any children in person," the affidavit states.

Newman's bio on Trinity High School's Web site reads as follows:

Mr. Patrick Newman joins the Trinity faculty after previously teaching at both St. Nicholas and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Schools. Patrick is a 2000 graduate of Trinity High School and is excited to return to his alma mater. Patrick previously worked as a substitute at Trinity and recently completed his ninth year as an assistant football coach, the last five as a varsity offensive line coach.

Patrick earned his Bachelor's Degree form Centre College in 2004 and his M.A.T. in secondary education from the University of Louisville in 2007. Patrick teaches Social Studies.

In a statement released late Tuesday, officials at Trinity High said that they had 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," the statement reads. "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."

Former students and football players who know Newman told WDRB News they were shocked and saddened by the news, but none wanted to comment publicly.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter. 

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