FBI agents sent to arrest Maryland judge on child exploitation charges find him dead in apparent suicide

Federal officials say a Maryland judge was found dead in an apparent suicide just before he was going to be arrested on federal charges of sexual exploitation of a child. 

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According to a joint statement from Acting Maryland U.S. Attorney Jonathan Lenzner and other officials, FBI agents went to the home of Judge Jonathan Newell, 50, to arrest him on a federal criminal complaint filed on Sept. 9. 

Upon entering the residence, the agents found Newell suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at 6:43 a.m. 

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Maryland State Police are leading the investigation into the apparent suicide. No additional information is available at this time. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.