Tampa Man Arrested For Sexually Explicit Messages

Richard Lee Newton

Tampa, Fla.-(Newsradio 970 WFLA)-Hillsborough County deputies have arrested a 24 year-old man for exchanging sexually explicit messages with a 15 year-old over Facebook Messenger.

Investigators say Richard Lee Newton was identified as a suspect in the case after getting a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding inappropriate messages between an adult and a juvenile between August and September of 2018.

Newton is charged with three felonies; Distributing Obscene Material to a Minor, Using Computer Services/Devices to Solicit Illegal Acts and Traveling to Meet a Minor After Using Computer Services to Solicit Illegal Acts.

Photo courtesy Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

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