Due to Newman being on probation, he is subject to warrantless searches and seizures. Consent to search the residence was also provided by the roommate for the roommate’s areas of the home, Wank said.
Newman, who was placed on the sex offender registry is 2005 for convictions in connection with two counts of engaging in a sex offense with a 14-year-old girl in 2003 in Stokes County, is also on probation for a 2009 offense related to a networking website violation, according to N.C. Department of Correction information.
Lefevers said Newman is an acquaintance he met 12 years ago but he did not know he had apparently been texting his daughter.
He said he has family in Carteret County and has been visiting the area for years. He said they moved to area five months ago for a “fresh start” after the death of Abigaile’s mother.