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Former Trinity High School teacher sentenced to 42 years for child porn charges

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former Trinity High School teacher and assistant coach is sentenced to spend 42 years in prison on child pornography charges.

Last summer, Patrick Newman pleaded guilty last summer to child pornography charges after prosecutors accused him of using his home computer and apps, such as Kik and Vine to send messages to underage victims.

Newman was brought into the courtroom wearing a jumpsuit and shackles.

He previously pleaded guilty to 16 counts of producing child pornography, one count of online enticement, one count of transporting child pornography, and one count of possessing child pornography. 

“What was particularly heinous about this is that this man produced child pornography and then shared it with others in an attempt to entice them further,” said United States attorney John Kuhn.

Police say he traded inappropriate photos with a 13-year-old boy in Texas, but a total of 16 minors -- boys ranging in age from 12 to 17 -- were involved in the case.

Court documents show that 87 videos of child porn was found in Newman's Dropbox account.

Authorities say Newman used the app Grindr to chat and meet with a then 15-year-old in Louisville. Authorities say the teen admitted sexual activity took place. Federal prosecutors say more charges could be coming for Newman.

“I just don't comment on ongoing investigations,” Kuhn said. “There's potentially one victim in the area that we've yet to work through.”

A Homeland Security agent from Louisville, and a detective in Texas -- who is part of a Homeland Security task force took the stand to testify. 

The defense called a man who provides sex offender evaluations to testify. He says he met with Newman and scored him as being in the "low to moderate" risk category.  

Prosecutors argued some of his past assessments have declared a sex offender to be "low risk" and then they re-offend, asserting the evaluations had not been reliable.

Newman himself spoke prior to the judge issuing his sentence. He said he knew that what he was doing was wrong. He also said that he found refuge in communicated with boys via social media because he struggled with his own sexual orientation as a teenager.

One of the victim’s fathers spoke as well saying that his son and family would never been the same after what happened. He called Newman “the face of evil” and “a disgusting pedophile. Struggled to contain his emotion, the father also addressed Newman directly when talking about when he first heard of the allegations. “You were real lucky I couldn’t get a hold of you at the time,” the father said.

Brian Butler, attorney for Newman, declined to be interviewed following the hearing.

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