- Former GOP judge Jonathan G. Newell fatally shot himself just as FBI agents were closing in on him after a minor had reported that he discovered a video camera in Newell’s bathroom.
- After appearing to eat the memory card from his hidden camera, Newell was taken to a hospital where doctors found a “foreign body within the small bowel.”
- Searches of Newell’s cabin, home, truck, boat, and office had unearthed “numerous videos of minor males showering,” according to the complaint.
Colin Kalmbacher from Law&Crime writes:
“A Maryland man and now-former judge killed himself just as FBI agents were closing in on him outside his home on Friday morning.
Jonathan G. Newell, 50, was wanted on suspicion of sexually exploiting several children. On Thursday, federal charges were filed against him in Maryland. The next day, Newell was found dead.
“This morning agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation went to the residence of Jonathan Newell, age 50, of Henderson, Maryland, to arrest him on a federal criminal complaint filed on September 9, 2021,” the U.S. Department of Justice noted in a statement late Friday. “Upon entering the residence the agents found Newell suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at 6:43 a.m. Maryland State Police will lead the investigation into the apparent suicide.”
According to federal court records reviewed by Law&Crime, the case against Newell was unsealed and subsequently dropped on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland…”
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