Caroline County Circuit Judge Jonathan Newell, 50, was pronounced dead at 6:43 a.m. Friday morning, the Department of Justice said in a statement.
FBI agents had visited Newell’s residence to arrest him on a federal criminal complaint filed on Sept. 9, 2021. When they arrived, they found him “suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” the statement said.
Maryland State Police will lead the investigation into the apparent suicide.
Newell was facing one federal charge of sexual exploitation of a child, according to court records unsealed Friday (pdf).