Sex molester contacts victims from prison

June 18, 2009 6:06:49 AM PDT
A family is demanding changes to the system after a man convicted of sexually assaulting children managed to reach out to his victims and reach out to others online.The family worked for years to put this horror behind them and now they are devastated to learn the man they helped to lock up is free to communicate with his young victims.

The New Caney mother who we'll refer to as, "Kimberly," didn't want to identified in order to conceal her son's identity.

"You just feel like your child's not safe anywhere," she said.

For two years, Kimberly's teenage son was molested by Jason Newsom, his former employer.

"We were devastated, shocked, devastated," Kimberly said.

Newsom went to trial in 2007. He was sentenced to 80 years in prison and is eligible for parole in 2016. He is currently behind bars at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville. Kimberly thought she and her family could put the nightmare behind them, until a haunting setback

Kimberly's son, now in college, received a letter in the mail from Newsom. In it he apologizes for his crimes saying "I have been wanting to write for a long time. ... I am deeply sorry for all the hurt I have caused you. ... I pray and hope that you will forgive me." Kimberly was shocked.

She said, "He was told not to contact us, but still had wanted to contact us."

Kimberly had signed papers requesting "no contact" from Newsom.

"Victims have the capacity to block offenders from contacting them," explained City of Houston victims' services director Andy Kahan. "They can ask Texas Department of Criminal Justice victim services to be placed on what's called a 'non-contact list.'"

Kahan says Newsom used a loophole in the law to get in touch with his victims, including Kimberly's son. He sent a letter through the victims' attorney, who passed the letters on to the victims.

"That's considered classified and confidential information so prison officials can't screen that," Kahan said.

Kimberly says she was victimized again by Newsom, and by a system that allowed her son to relive his dark past. Now, she wants the laws changed.

She said, "I don't feel it should be allowed even through an attorney -- their attorney, any attorney -- if you have signed legal state documents stating no contact, direct or indirect."

KTRK legal analyst Joel Androphy says Newsom was completely within his rights when contacting his victims because he went through their attorney and not his own.

Newsom also had a MySpace profile, listing him as a single country boy currently serving time in prison, and looking for a girlfriend, maybe a wife. That profile has since been removed.

We worked on this story through our partnership with Houston Community Newspaper partners. You can read more about it in the Humble Observer.

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