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No-Contact Order Questioned in Initial Hearing for Newton

2/29/2008

An Indianapolis mom accused of lying to protect her boyfriend from prosecution had her initial hearing Friday.

Crystal Newton is facing charges of neglect of a dependent, obstruction of justice, and intimidation. She allegedly gave police false info about Jose Oviedo, who is accused of raping Newton's five-year-old daughter and giving her herpes. Prosecutors allege she threatened to spank the child if she talked to police as well.

After all of the formalities for Newton were completed, the standard filing of the no-contact order came into question.

Prosecutors listed the victim, Newton's mother, the Child Protective Services case manager and the remaining children in the household as witnesses who were to have no contact with Newton.

However, her attorney argued Child Protective Services had approved supervised visitation for the children which includes a one-year-old. Judge Grant Hawkins validated the need to preserve the testimony of any witnesses, but questioned the notion of putting the baby on the stand.

The judge left the debate up to both counsels telling them to return once a compromise had been reached.
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