Former Caroline County Circuit Judge Jonathan Newell reportedly killed himself on Friday morning, just as the feds showed up at his Henderson home to arrest him in a child sex abuse case. Newell had been on a leave of absence since July after allegations that he had a hidden camera that captured naked boys in his bathroom.
When FBI agents showed up at his door Friday 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.
He was pronounced dead at 6:43 am.
“Maryland State Police will lead the investigation into the apparent suicide,” prosecutors said on Friday.
Who was Jonathan Newell?
Jonathan Newell was a Maryland judge who shot himself dead just before the FBI was coming to his home to arrest him on allegations that he had a hidden camera that captured images of naked boys in his bathroom.
As of new reports, authorities showed up at the home of Newell on Friday morning to arrest him on a federal criminal complaint and found him dead from an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Maryland judge Jonathan Newell killed himself on Friday morning, just as the feds showed up at his home to arrest him in a child sex abuse case. https://t.co/natidEbH6O
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 11, 2021
How old was Jonathan Newell?
Jonathan Newell was 50 years old at the time of death.
Judge Jonathan Newell Biography
Newell was born in Chestertown, Maryland, in 1970, to English parents. He went on to get his B.A. in philosophy at Washington College in the year 1992. He then joined Washington & Lee University School of Law and worked as a law clerk to Judge John W. Sause, Jr., Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court, between the period 1998-99.
In 1998, he was then admitted to Maryland Bar as an independent attorney. He was a member of Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association. He was also a member of Caroline County 4-H; Ridgely Lions Club.
Judge Jonathan Newell Wikipedia
Jonathan spent years being the County Administrative Judge at the Caroline County Circuit Court and 2nd Judicial Circuit from August 2, 2016, to September 10, 2021.
He was a well-known member of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, Caroline County till his death, 2021.
He was State’s Attorney, Caroline County, from January 2003 to August 2, 2016.
He went on to resign on August 2, 2016.
He then joined Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, Caroline County, 2004-16.
Judge Jonathan Newell Political Party
Newell, a Republican, has been Caroline County’s only Circuit Court judge, earning $174,433 annually.
Judge Jonathan Newell Wife, Family
Details regarding Newell’s wife or family have not been released yet.
Maryland Judge Kills Himself
The boy who discovered the camera inside the bathroom said that two adults and four boys were staying overnight in the cabin. When confronted by law enforcement about the camera, Newell denied installing it in the bathroom.
While he was being interviewed, authorities believe Newell swallowed a camera memory card after asking to charge his phone, the complaint says. During the course of the investigation, authorities interviewed many other teenagers and executed search warrants for Newell’s cabin, home, truck, boat, and office. They discovered a hard drive that had multiple videos of young men showering on it, the complaint says. The videos appeared to date back to 2014.
Newell was also captured in some of the footage, including one video where he is touching the naked buttocks of a young man, the complaint says. At least two of the teens said that while they showered at Newell’s home or cabin.
He would “check their bodies for ticks.”