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Detectives began an investigation after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited children.
Richard Lee Newton
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.