Former teacher sentenced to 42 years in child porn case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Catholic high school teacher and coach who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges has been sentenced in Louisville to 42 years in prison.

The Courier-Journal reports Assistant U.S. Attorney Jo Lawless said in court papers she would have asked for a harsher sentence if 33-year-old Patrick Newman hadn't pleaded guilty.

Newman was sentenced Wednesday. He was fired from Trinity High School in Louisville after being charged in June. He pleaded guilty in August to producing, transporting and possessing child pornography and online enticement of a minor.

Prosecutors say the charges involved 16 boys ages 12 to 17 from Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah and the United Kingdom.

Newman's lawyer, Brian Butler, has said none of the boys were Newman's former students.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com