Choose kills himself moments prior to arrest about concealed bathroom digital camera accusations

A judge killed himself times ahead of he was to have been arrested on allegations he had a concealed digicam that captured photos of naked boys in his lavatory.

Jonathan Newell, 50, experienced been on leave from his purpose as a circuit choose in Maryland’s Caroline County since July just after allegations were designed in opposition to him.

When FBI agents arrived at his house in Henderson, Maryland, on Friday morning to arrest him on a federal legal complaint they located him “suffering from an obvious self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

The Maryland US Attorney’s Place of work confirmed that the choose had been pronounced useless at 6.43am.

“Maryland Point out Police will direct the investigation into the clear suicide,” prosecutors said in  a statement.

A neighbour, Kimberly Keith, posted on Facebook that FBI brokers had been stationed exterior the judge’s home, demanding in excess of a loudspeaker for him to arrive out.

She stated that gunshots experienced been heard and an ambulance arrived shortly immediately after.

Prosecutors were established to charge Mr Newell on federal expenses of exploitation of a boy or girl.

The legal grievance, which was unsealed on Friday, stated that Maryland State Police experienced been termed in July just after a insignificant boy claimed to have found the movie digital camera in the lavatory of the judge’s cabin.

Investigators interviewed two boys, equally minors, who mentioned they experienced identified the hidden digital camera as they “spent the night” at the cabin with Mr Newell.

Just one of the boys instructed investigators that he was undressing in the lavatory when he noticed that the camera was on and going through the shower in a corner of the home.


The boys reported the incident to their parents, who contacted regulation enforcement, the complaint states.

Mr Newell denied being aware of nearly anything about the camera, and stated that yet another adult male and four boys had made use of the cabin the working day right before.

But when currently being interviewed, Mr Newell allegedly chewed and swallowed a digital camera memory card, and a CT scan later on showed he experienced ingested a overseas object, in accordance to the complaint.

When authorities carried out searches of Mr Newell’s cabin, household and office environment they seized numerous digital products, such as a really hard travel they allege contained multiple videos of young guys showering, courting again to September 2014.

Mr Newell, a Republican, was appointed as a judge by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in 2016, and started off a 15-yr phrase in 2018.