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Feds: Sex offender from East Northport possessed child pornography

Brian J. Newton of East Northport in a

Brian J. Newton of East Northport in a 2014 photo posted on the state sex offender registry. Newton was in federal custody Friday, June 9, 2017, after he admitted to having "1,000 images and videos" of children engaged in pornographic acts, federal officials said. Photo Credit: Parents for Megan’s Law

A sex offender from East Northport convicted of possessing child porn in 2014 was in federal custody Friday after he admitted having “1,000 images and videos” of children engaged in pornographic acts — with some victims as young as 2 to 5 years old, officials said.

Brian J. Newton, 37, was ordered held without bail by U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Wexler in Central Islip pending a hearing Tuesday, according to the Eastern District U.S. attorney’s office.

Newton is charged with transporting child pornography.

According to the criminal complaint, in early January Newton downloaded “visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.” The complaint is based on the sworn statement of an FBI agent who is a member of the Long Island Child Exploitation Task Force.

Newton’s attorney could not be immediately reached late Friday afternoon.

The investigation was the result of a report to a cyber tip line received by law enforcement “concerning an upload of child pornography” to the PhotoDNA Cloud Service on behalf of the web-based disposable chat room Chatstep.com, according to the complaint. The initial file involved “three prepubescent females,” the complaint alleges.

On Thursday, the complaint said, the FBI agent and other law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at Newton’s residence — with authorities recovering a smartphone containing “numerous images and videos” involving child pornography.

The complaint states that Newton waived his Miranda rights, admitting that “approximately one year after getting out of jail” he began using a variety of websites to download a “collection” of child porn involving underage children of all ages.

The complaint also alleges that Newton admitted to “talking to multiple individuals who claimed to be minors” — and that he had “attempted and did get pictures” from some of those victims, also sending them lewd pictures of himself.

According to the complaint, Newton estimated he’d had “sexual chats” with “about two dozen boys and girls.”

The youngest victim involved in those chats was estimated by Newton to be 7 to 8 years old, according to the complaint.

According to the state’s sex offender registry, Newton was a resident of 9th Avenue who was convicted of possessing sexual performance by a child in September 2014. He was sentenced to 10 years of probation and 90 days in jail, according to the registry.

With Robert E. Kessler and Ellen Yan

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