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Police have charged a Crittenden man with sodomy, sexual abuse and criminal coercion after teachers heard his two male students talking about what he had allegedly done to them.
Daniel Newman, 52, was arrested on a charge of sodomy, a class A felony, sexual abuse first degree, a class C felony and two counts of criminal coercion, a class A misdemeanor on May 15.
Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills said he received a call from teachers after they overheard students talking about what happened to them at a neighbor’s apartment.
Dills said police believe Newman invited the victims, a 10-year-old from Grant County and an 11-year-old from Boone County into his apartment to play video games. Once they were inside, Newman allegedly tried to talk them into playing “sex games” and when they said no, Newman allegedly threatened to hurt them and their families if they told anyone what happened.
Dills said police interviewed several students at Crittenden-Mount Zion School and in Harvesters Subdivision.
A class A felony is punishable by imprisonment from 20 years to life in prison, while a class C felony is punishable by imprisonment from five to 10 years.
Dills said the case will be presented to a Grant County grand jury on June 3.
Newman is being held in the Grant County Detention Center under a $100,000 cash bond.
“I commend the staff at CMZ for acting promptly in alerting us to this situation,” Dills said. “At this point we don’t believe there are more victims in the neighborhood but the case remains under investigation.”