NEWS RELEASE 20-050 - MARCH 31, 2020
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested a 50-year-old Sarasota man Monday for Possession of Child Pornography.
Detectives received a tip in November from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) after a short video depicting child pornography was uploaded to Facebook. Through investigation, detectives utilized the IP address used to upload the video, to identify Michael Newton, DOB 11/30/69, as the suspect. At the time, Newton was living in a supported living facility in North Port. Newton later became transient and was located Monday by detectives where, during an interview, he admitted to viewing the video and sharing it in several chatrooms and on social media.
Today Newton faces a single count of Possession of Child Pornography. He remains in custody without bond while the investigation continues.