Jonathan Newell Wiki – Jonathan Newell Biography
Jonathan Newell was a Maryland judge who killed himself on Friday morning, just as the feds showed up at his Henderson home to arrest him in a child sex abuse case.
He was about to be arrested following accusations he’d planted a hidden camera that captured naked images of young boys in his bathroom.
He was 50 years old.
Maryland judge Killed Himself
On Friday, Newell’s neighbor, Kimberly Keith, posted pictures to Facebook that appeared to show FBI agents stationed outside of the judge’s house demanding over a speaker for him to come out. She wrote that she heard sounds that she believed were gunshots, followed not long after by an ambulance.
The suicide came as Newell was set to be taken into custody on federal charges of sexual exploitation of a child, prosecutors said. He had been on leave from his work at the courts since police first raided his home July 24 and had extended that leave until later this month, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Caroline County Circuit Judge Jonathan Newell, 50, had been on a leave of absence since July after becoming entangled in an investigation over allegations that he had a hidden camera that captured naked images of boys in his bathroom.
When FBI agents showed up at his door Friday morning to arrest him on a federal criminal complaint, they found him “suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday. He was pronounced dead at 6:43 a.m.
“Maryland State Police will lead the investigation into the apparent suicide,” prosecutors said in a news release on Friday afternoon.
According to a copy of the criminal complaint unsealed Friday, Maryland State Police investigators in July had responded to a call about a minor who found a video camera in the bathroom of Newell’s cabin in Fishing Creek, Maryland.
Investigators interviewed two minors boys who said they had “spent the night” with Newell on July 22, when they allegedly discovered a hidden camera.
One of the boys told investigators that after undressing in the bathroom, he found a camera that was on and facing the shower inside a small black crate on a shelf in the corner of the bathroom.
After telling the other boy about the camera he had discovered, the two boys went on Newell’s boat, and both told their parents about the camera in the bathroom, the documents state. Their parents subsequently contacted law enforcement.
The boy who discovered the camera also said that another adult man and four boys had stayed overnight at the cabin and left earlier that morning.
When confronted by law enforcement, Newell denied placing a camera in the bathroom or noticing the presence of a camera, saying: “As I said, there were six other people here.”
While being interviewed by investigators, Newell allegedly chewed and swallowed a camera memory card after asking to charge his phone and then appearing to reach under his bed and take an object in his fist that he then put in his mouth. ACCORDING TO THE COMPLAINT, a CT scan later showed he’d ingested a foreign, possibly metallic object.