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Man charged with molesting two girls

A 55-year-old Fort Wayne man was arrested Friday on preliminary charges accusing him of multiple instances of child molesting.

John L. Newman, of the 800 block of Wilt Street, is charged in two separate cases of sexually abusing two girls known to him.

According to court documents, the girls’ mothers went to his home to look for them, but they were not where they were supposed to be.

Later, while they were being interviewed at the Bill Lewis Center for Children, the girls said they had been with Newman, and when he heard their mothers looking for them, he told them to put their clothes on.

The girls then detailed multiple instances in which they said Newman performed sex acts on them, took videos of them and made each watch while he molested the other.

He is accused of abusing them between May and Dec. 10, 2013.

Newman is also accused of performing sexual conduct in the presence of a minor and of child exploitation. Police recovered digital images of Newman with one of the girls in sexually explicit positions, according to court documents.

He was being held in the Allen County Jail in lieu of $105,000 bail.

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