FREDERICA and DOVER, Del.- Two separate investigations conducted by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force have led to the arrests of a Frederica man and a Dover man on child pornography charges. One of the men was additionally charged with rape.
According to the Delaware Attorney General's Office, 24-year-old Randy Travis Newman of Frederica was taken into custody on Monday, Nov. 19, following an investigation into the production and possession of child pornography.
Prosecutors said that during the investigation, a search warrant was executed on Nov. 2 at Newman's home where multiple computers and additional electronic devices were seized. Authorities said that after a forensic examination of the evidence revealed images of a nude underage male, Newman was arrested and charged with two counts of dealing in child pornography. He was ordered held on $20,000 secured bail.
Investigators said they subsequently positively identified the underage male. Based on this new evidence and the continuing investigation, an arrest warrant was obtained for Newman, who had since been released after posting bail on the initial charges. Newman surrendered to authorities at Delaware State Police Troop 3 on Nov. 19, and was charged with one count of fourth-degree rape and one count of second-degree unlawful sexual contact. He was ordered held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of $23,000 secured bail.
Monday's arrest follows the Nov. 15 arrest of a Dover man on child pornography charges. According to prosecutors, a proactive online undercover Child Predator Task Force investigation into the distribution of child pornography resulted in the execution of a search warrant on Nov. 15, at a home on Murfield Court in Dover. Authorities said detectives seized several computers and multiple digital media devices.
According to prosecutors, during the execution of the warrant, 49-year-old Michael McCoy, who lived at the home, was identified as a person of interest. A forensic examination of the seized evidence revealed multiple images of child pornography, according to prosecutors.
Based on that examination and an interview with detectives at DSP Troop 3, McCoy was arrested and charged with 25 counts of dealing in child pornography. He was ordered held in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of $250,000 secured bail.
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