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Fort Wayne man faces 13 charges alleging child molestation, other crimes

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 5:56 am

A Fort Wayne man faces 13 felony charges that accuse him, among other things, of molesting two girls who were 7 years old at the time of the alleged crimes.

Formal charges were filed Thursday in Allen Superior Court against John L. Newman -- who is also known as John E. Newman, according to court documents. Newman, 55, faces seven counts of Class A felony child molesting, four more counts of Class C felony child molesting, Class C felony child exploitation and Class D felony performing sexual conduct in the presence of a minor.

Two separate probable-cause affidavits were filed in Allen Superior Court, with both alleging that criminal activity took place between May and December of 2013. An officer with the Fort Wayne Police Department was dispatched to meet with a woman on Dec. 10, according to the affidavits, with that officer being told that her 7-year-old daughter had informed her that she had been touched inappropriately by their neighbor "John," and that her friend "goes over to John's house more than I do."

The affidavits allege Newman performed, watched, recorded and had the girls perform various sexual acts, with those allegations being based upon interviews with the girls.

One of the affidavits alleges that an executed search warrant yielded an Olympus camera that contained images of Newman and one of the girls in sexually explicit positions.