Lieutenant Newlin leaving for position with AG’s office

Reception Friday at police station

Lt. J. D. Newlin Lt. J. D. Newlin One of Rockdale’s most recognizable faces is leaving the job he has held for the past 17 years.

Lt. J. D. Newlin, second in command at the Rockdale Police Department, has accepted a position with the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

He received word of his hiring Tuesday and his last day with the Rockdale PD is Friday.

RECEPTION—A reception in Newlin’s honor has been scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the police station. Refreshments will be served.

“Please join us in thanking him for his dedicated service to the City of Rockdale,” City Manager Chris Whittaker said.

ON-LINE—In Newlin’s new job he will be responsible for finding child pornographers and on-line predators. He will continue to live in Rockdale and will travel throughout the state.

“I’ve always found that type of work rewarding,” Newlin said.

Newlin has even had some experience on a major case of the sort in Rockdale. Last year he was instrumental in a case which resulted in a 50-year federal prison sentence being returned against a 38-year Rockdale woman for sending images of a 7-year-old girl to a man in Dubai in the Persian Gulf.

Newlin actually had two stints with Rockdale PD. He was briefly hired as an officer in 1995, served as a deputy sheriff and returned to the local police department in January, 2000.

He first served as a sergeant and was subsequently promoted to lieutenant.

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