Former Trinity High School teacher and coach Patrick Newman has been ordered detained without bail pending trial on Internet child sex charges.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin cited Newman’s admitted predilection for boys 13-17 that Whalin said is “so strong that he risked everything to satisfy it.”
He was charged June 2 with allegedly enticing a 13-year-old boy from Texas into engaging in sexually explicit acts and sending pictures of them over the Internet. Trinity fired him the next day.
Whalin also noted Newman, 33, a former assistant football coach and social studies teacher at Trinity, has traded videos and photos with other boys over the Internet.
His lawyer, Brian Butler, proposed that he be released to live with his mother under GPS monitoring, with all computer equipment removed from the home. Butler also said Newman’s mother and brother would monitor him.
But Whalin said it would be impossible for them to look after him around the clock, and that removing computers is of limited value given the “ubiquitous presence of the Internet” and the easy access to it with increasingly smaller devices.
Whalin also cited the seriousness of the crime, in which Newman allegedly enticed the boy to produce 10 videos of himself engaged in various sexual activities, including sadistic acts — videos Whalin said Newman put in the public domain.
Newman also was actively chatting with another minor when he was arrested, Whalin said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jo E. Lawless opposed Newman’s release.
No trial date has been set for the charges, which are punishable by a mandatory minimum of 15 years and up to life in prison.
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