A Kaysville man who slugged a U.S. Supreme Court justice in 1982 to protest pornography was bound over to 2nd District Court Monday on charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and showing pornographic material to a minor.
Newton C. Estes, 62, 372 E. Seventh North, waived his preliminary hearing in Layton 4th Circuit Court and agreed to have his case bound over to district court for trial on the two felonies.His attorney, Steve Vanderlinden, said he is working on a plea bargain.
Estes is charged with showing an 11-year-old girl working for him as a housekeeper some pornographic photos, asking her to assume similar positions, and on one occasion fondling her, according to court records.
He wrote a letter in March to Bean asking if the charges would be dropped if he moved out of state, saying press coverage of his 1982 attack on Supreme Court Justice Byron White and his current legal problems have made it impossible for him to work. Estes is a construction contract cost estimator.
The judge denied his request for a meeting, saying it is improper.
Estes punched White three times, while the justice was sitting at a table, waiting to speak to a meeting of the Utah State Bar in a Salt Lake hotel. He was convicted of assault and in December 1983 served a 10-day jail sentence and paid a $500 fine. He also apologized for the incident.