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Prosecutor releases new details of former Trinity teacher charged with child porn charges

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Prosecutors say a former Trinity High School teacher accused of producing child pornography may have more young victims.

In the federal courthouse Friday, Patrick Newman, 33, was visibly upset and crying as his mother, brother and family friend testified, trying to get him released on home incarceration.

"Obviously his mom, his brothers and his family are there," Newman's attorney, Brian Butler, said. "He's lived a very good, respectable life up until now. He's charged with things that are serious, and he's in jail. I can't think of a worst situation to be in."

Newman was an assistant football coach at Trinity and a teacher at two other Catholic schools. He's accused of using social media to coerce a 13-year-old boy to engage in sexual activity. He's also charged with possession of child pornography. 

The prosecutor doesn't think any of the victims are local. The 13-year-old boy is from Texas.

"Well at this point, the case has just begun," Butler said, when asked about more possible victims. 

"We only have access to what the criminal complaint says so I can only speak to what they charged him with."

Prosecutor Jo Ellen Lawless says Newman had been engaging with children online for a couple of years.
She says he even shared information with other adults who were interested in the same type of behavior.

Lawless says sexually explicit images were created, and he made requests of the aforementioned boy, who is now 14-years-old, and that child responded online. The affidavit states 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.

Butler is asking the judge if Newman can be put on home incarceration with GPS monitoring, allowing his mother and brother to watch over him 24 hours a day. He and his family would also get rid of all electronic devices. so there's no possible temptation.
The prosecution wants him to stay behind bars.

"With a third party custodian, you are accepting a great deal of responsibility, because you're agreeing to become an officer - an arm of the court," Butler said. "So that person has to be credible and reliable."

The case is expected to be presented to a grand jury later this month. The judge must now decide if Newman can be released or not.
The judge says he'll make a ruling by early next week.

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