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Trinity H.S. says teacher facing child porn charges will not return to school

Trinity H.S. says teacher facing child porn charges will not return to school

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A teacher and assistant coach facing federal charges related to child pornography is out of a job, according to a letter that went home to parents Wednesday.

Patrick Newman, 33, is charged with engaging in unlawful online communications with a 13-year-old boy. He is also charged with possession of child pornography.

Newman had been a teacher and assistant coach at Trinity High School.

On Wednesday, a letter was sent home to parents notifying them that Newman is no longer employed at the school.

The text of the letter is below:

June 3, 2015

Dear Parents,

We learned yesterday that Mr. Patrick Newman, a Trinity teacher, is facing criminal charges involving internet pornography with a minor, while using his home computer. Neither Trinity nor the Archdiocese of Louisville have ever received any reports of this nature regarding Mr. Newman, and there are no indications of any involvement of the schools where he has previously worked.

Based upon the complaint and Mr. Newman's statements, he will not be returning to work in any capacity at Trinity.

Please share this letter with your son. If your son has information or concerns related to Mr. Newman, please contact police authorities. Contact information for our guidance counselors is available on our website if he would like to talk to one of them.

We are always concerned for the safety and well-being of young people. We will assist those investigating this case as we can.

Please join me in praying for all victims of abuse, in all its various forms, especially in this situation.

Sincerely,

Mr. Daniel J. Zoeller H'07

Principal

Authorities say Newman contacted a 13-year-old boy online. The two allegedly used social media apps VINE and KIK to communicate and 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."

According to a 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.

"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.

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Trinity High teacher facing federal child porn, exploitation charges

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