Illinois man held on child-porn charges after being found with 14-year-old at Oakland County campground

May 12, 2022, 6:55 AM

Oakland County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a 27-year-old Illinois man Saturday, and are charging him with a variety of charges related to child pornography, after finding him with a 14-year-old Pontiac girl who'd gone missing hours before. 

Damien Alexander Newman (Photo: Oakland County Sheriff)

Fox 2 Detroit reports:

Damien Alexander Newman, 27, of Galva, Ill., was arrested early Saturday morning after emerging from a picnic area at Hawk Woods Park and Campground on Bald Mountain Road in Auburn Hills. Authorities said they tracked a missing 14-year-old girl to the campground. She was reported missing after running away hours before.

When authorities got to the campground, they saw a white van backed into a parking spot. As they approached it, they saw Newman and the girl, authorities said.

Newman told Oakland County Sheriff's deputies that he met the girl about a year ago on Snapchat, and it was their first time meeting in person. Deputies confiscated cell phones from Newman and the girl as evidence.

Newman was arraigned on felony charges of possession of child sexually abusive material, using a computer to commit a crime and distributing sexually explicit, visual or verbal material to children. He is considered a flight risk, and is being held without bond. 

A probable-cause hearing is set for May 24. 

Read more:  Fox 2 Detroit

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