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Former Trinity coach, teacher had Louisville child porn victims

Published: Aug. 19, 2015 at 10:23 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2015 at 10:19 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - There are local victims of a former Trinity High School teacher and coach, who has now admitted he's guilty to producing and distributing child porn.

Patrick Morris Newman, 33, made the plea to 19 counts in federal court Wednesday.

He not only met up with a 15-year-old from the Louisville area, but had sexual contact, made a video of it and then shared it with others.

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Newman got caught when the online site VINE alerted authorities to child porn that had been uploaded in Texas. They traced it to a 13-year-old boy, then identified Newman as the man directing the boy to do sexual things and send him videos.

After his arrest, he admitted to police to being sexually interested in 13 to 17-year-old boys.  On his phone, they found evidence he had communicated online with 15 other boys ranging in age from 15 to 17 from Utah, Texas, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Colorado, Ohio, the United Kingdom and three boys in Kentucky. He asked two of the Kentucky boys to meet him. At least one did and that's when the video was made.

Federal prosecutors said Newman was in contact with the boys via social sites like Kik, Grinder, Topix, Vine and Snapchat. He'd ask for their name, age and location, strike up a conversation and then it turned sexual.  Authorities said Newman was in contact with 56 other people, some of whom he shared his porn with.

So what can you do if you're a parent? The FBI has these warning signs that a predator may be targeting your child:

  • Be extra wary if they spend a lot of time online, especially at night.
  • Agents say predators often supply their victims with pornography, so it should cause concern if you find it on your child's computer.
  • If your child gets calls or makes them to people you don't know or gets mail, gifts or packages from strangers, it's a red flag.
  • Be aware if your child is turning off the computer quickly when you come in the room.
  • The FBI says offenders also try to isolate their victims or drive a wedge between them and family, so if your child is withdrawn, ask questions.

Newman's attorney said none of the victims were Trinity High School students.

Prosecutors have asked for the max in cases like this in the past, which in this case could be life behind bars, although Newman could get some credit under federal sentencing guidelines for pleading guilty. He also faces $4.75 million in fines and up to life of supervised probation if he leaves prison.
 
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