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    Release Number: 19-011

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    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 4, 2019
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    Internet Predator Unit Arrest

    Detectives began an investigation after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited children.
    • Thursday
    • December 27, 2018
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    Arrested:


    Richard Lee Newton

    DOB: 06/01/1994

     

    Details:

     

    HCSO Criminal Investigations Division IPU Detectives began an investigation after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited children regarding inappropriate text messages between an adult male and a juvenile. Detectives learned that between August 23, 2018 and September 3, 2018, a conversation ensued via the Facebook Messenger application between the 15-year-old confidential victim and Richard Lee Newton. The messages exchanged between Newton and the victim were sexually explicit in nature. A warrant was issued for the suspect.

     

    On 12/27/2018 Newton was taken into custody and admitted to having conversations with the juvenile victim via Facebook Messenger. Newton was charged with three felonies; Distributing Obscene Material to a Minor, Using Computer Services/Devices to Solicit Certain Illegal Acts and Traveling to Meet a Minor After Using Computer Services/Devices to Solicit Certain Illegal Acts.

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