Former Trinity H.S. teacher facing new charges related to child pornography
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) –- A former Trinity High School teacher and football coach is facing 15 new federal charges of child porn.
"We anticipate pleading guilty sometime in the not too distant future,” said Brian Butler, Newman’s attorney.
"They showed us the charges, we said, 'you don't have to go to the grand jury, we'll agree to go to court,' then accepted the information," said Butler.
His client, a former teacher and football coach at Trinity High School is accused of persuading minors into engaging in sexually explicit conduct between March 9 and May 29 of 2015.
In June, 33-year-old Patrick Newman was charged with using social media to coerce a 13-year-old boy in Texas to engage in sexual activity.
"You have to look at what the potential penalties are, you have to look at the strengths of the evidence against you, and you have to make a decision based upon those things objectively and decide what is the best chance we have to get the best result possible," said Butler.
The U.S. Attorney's office says Newman asked 16 different boys to produce child porn through social media.
Right now, the feds will not comment on the alleged victims' ages or where they live. But we do know at least one of them is a 13-year old boy from Texas.
The U.S. Attorney's office says that is the only case out of the 16 confined to just online activity but wouldn't go into detail.
Newman’s attorney says out of the 16 alleged victims, none of them attended Trinity High School or any of the other schools where Newman worked.
"With regard to the evidence,” said Butler, “I can only say unequivocally that there are no allegations that there were any sort of inappropriate sexual relations through the internet or in person with anyone at Trinity High School or anyone that he formally taught at Our Lady of Lourdes.
Newman is also charged with online enticement and distributing and possessing child pornography.
He's set to plead guilty on Aug. 19.
Once convicted, Newman faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and up to life.
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