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Jonathan Miano, The Times

HAMMOND — A Gary man accused of child pornography possession was arrested and returned to jail on Friday —weeks after he was released on a $20,000 bond and required to remain on house arrest during the pretrial process. 

Stacy Newlin, 56, was indicted Dec. 18 on charges he received child pornography from Sept. 8, 2009, to Oct. 16, 2014, and possessed and accessed "with intent to view" child pornography from Sept. 8, 2009, to Sept. 18, 2015, court records show.

Newlin was arraigned Jan. 9 and entered a plea of not guilty. 

Newline appeared for his bond hearing on Jan. 8 and was approved for release on a $20,000 bond with pretrial supervision in the form of electronic monitoring and in-home incarceration. He was also instructed to have no personal access to any computerized device or internet access or contact with children, records show. 

It's unclear why Newlin was arrested after his release. Court records show an initial hearing about the court's revocation of his pretrial release was held Friday. 

A bond hearing has been set for 11 a.m. Monday before Magistrate Judge John E. Martin. A jury trial has been set for Feb. 26.

Newlin's attorney, David Vandercoy, on Friday requested more time to prepare his defendant's case, citing the need to consult with independent experts and review extensive computer data that allegedly led police to Newlin's computer IP address. 

Vandercoy, citing the affidavit filed in the case, said the government seized a computer server from Newlin on Feb. 20, 2015, that hosted a website with a child pornography bulletin board, court records state. The affidavit alleges that a person at Newlin's physical address logged into the website on Feb. 25, 2015, and again the next day, he said. 

If convicted, the federal government ordered Newlin to forfeit his computer tower, Samsung cellphone, HP laptop, hard drives and removable disks, along with CDs, DVDs and floppy disks. 

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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.