Maryland Judge Kills Himself Moments Before Arrest for Child Sex Abuse

A Maryland judge killed himself on Friday morning, just as the feds showed up at his Henderson home to arrest him in a child sex abuse case.

Caroline County Circuit Judge Jonathan Newell, 50, had been on a leave of absence since July after becoming ensnared 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.

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

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