Pedophile Judge Kills Himself as FBI Moves in to Arrest Him on Child Abuse Charges
Caroline County Circuit Court Judge Jonathan Newell shoots himself as feds arrive
A Maryland judge shot and killed himself just as federal law enforcement agents showed up at his home to arrest him on child porn charges.
Caroline County Circuit Court Judge Jonathan Newell was found dead in his home shortly before 6:45 am on Friday morning by FBI agents.
He had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The FBI had turned up at Newell's home to raid the property and arrest the pedophile judge.
When feds demanded Newall come out of his home, neighbors said they heard a gunshot go off.
Federal agents had gone to Newell’s home to arrest him for sexual exploitation of a child.
He had allegedly filmed boys naked at his cabin, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Newell had been on leave since July when one of the boys he had taken to the cabin discovered a camera in the bathroom and called his parents.
At least two boys claimed that Newell had "checked them for ticks" while they were naked.
"One stated that he moved his own genitalia for Newell to look for ticks, and the other initially did not recall if Newell touched his genitalia, but later stated that Newell once or twice moved the minor’s genitalia to look for ticks,” FBI Special Agent Rachel Corn
Newell’s home, truck, and law office were raided by law enforcement.
They discovered a hard drive in his den that contained many videos of young men showering naked.
In one of the videos, you can see Newell setting up the camera, and another video captures him checking a naked boy for ticks.
Newell denied setting up the camera.
However, investigators said they caught him trying to chew up and swallow a memory card when he was first confronted with the allegations.
“The investigator heard a loud, distinguishable, ‘crunch,’ sound from the area of Newell’s mouth,” the FBI wrote in charging documents.
“After another minute or two, the investigator heard the same ‘crunch’ again from Newell’s mouth, followed by Newell immediately reaching for and drinking from a cup located on his dresser.”
Investigators forced Newell to take a CT scan at a nearby hospital, which revealed a “foreign object” believed to be the missing memory card from the camera.
The federal prosecutors said that Maryland State Police “will lead the investigation into the apparent suicide.”
Newell’s defense attorneys issued a short statement to the Sun, saying: “Our hearts break for Judge Newell’s family, especially for his two sons with whom he was very close.”
Newell had been a judge since 2016 and a leading prosecutor in the county for more than a decade.