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Dad gets life for molesting girls, 5 and 7, and allowing friend to join assaults

Christopher Newell was sentenced to life Wednesday for molesting his daughters, 5 and 7, and allowing his friend Paul Gamell, to do the same, Douglas County prosecutors said.
Douglas County District Attorney's Office

A man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after he and his friend repeatedly molested the man’s two young daughters at their Douglas County home.

Christopher Newel pled guilty to two counts of aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy for the sexual abuse, which occurred in 2011, according to the district attorney’s office. His friend, Paul Gammell, was found guilty by a jury in June and sentenced to life plus 25 years on similar charges, prosecutors said.

“(Gammell) had moved in and also began molesting the girls once he found out their father was molesting them,” Assistant District Attorney David Emadi said.

Investigators said between July 1 and Oct. 30, 2011, Newell would take his daughters, 5 and 7, out of their beds and into his bedroom where he performed a variety of sexual acts on them. Newell then allowed Gammell, who had moved into the family’s home, to molest the children as well, prosecutors said.

Newell wanted to avoid a trial and pled guilty instead, prosecutors said. Along with his prison sentence, he was ordered to have no contact with his daughters for the rest of his life. Prosecutors did not say how the sexual abuse came to the attention of the authorities. It’s also unclear if the children lived alone with their dad.

“There is no greater betrayal than that of a parent taking advantage of their children in such a repulsive and evil way,” said Assistant District Attorney Rachel Ackley who prosecuted the case. “These young girls were incredibly brave in the co-defendant Paul Gammell’s trial, but now with this guilty plea they can finally gain closure and move forward in the healing process.”