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March 31, 2017 05:00 PM

Sex Offender Back Home After Another Arrest Involving Child Porn

A registered sex offender -- with multiple convictions -- is back on the streets. 

For the second time in less than a year, Robert Newman faces child pornography charges. Yet even after his latest arrest, he didn't stay in jail long.   

On the South Dakota Sex Offender's website, it shows that Newman was found guilty of receiving child porn back in 2004. 

He was convicted again in 2016.  His newest charges include two counts of child pornography and two counts of failing to register as a sex offender.  We dug into paperwork and we found that he not only has a history of child pornography, he doesn't appear to want help. 

A look into federal court papers shows that following his first conviction, Robert Newman failed to move into the Glory House in 2016 and didn't take part in a sex offender treatment group. 

9 years later, Newman was in trouble with the law again. He was found guilty of manufacturing or distributing child porn and got his 7 year sentence suspended. 

Less than a year after the second conviction, a court services officer noticed Newman had a phone with Internet access, which was against the conditions of his probation. After law enforcement looked through the phone, they found pictures of naked children, and authorities arrested Newman.

"Child pornography is not a victimless crime. Every time someone views that pornography the victim is re-victimized. When there's a market for that people seek that out and victimize children in creating that pornography," Beadle County State's Attorney Michael Moore said. 

Beadle County State's Attorney Michael Moore says when dealing with a repeat offender he tries to use the repeated incidents to argue for harsher penalties against the offender. In this case, Newman was able to post his bond and is back on the streets. So the next step Moore says, is to warn the public. 

"Well I think the best step we can do is get the information out to the community that this person is out there. Let them know who this person is so they can take the precautions that they feel are appropriate," Moore said. 
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