Jack­sonville man gets 20 years for tak­ing, post­ing porn pho­tos of girl, 6

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ARKANSAS INSIDE - LINDA SATTER

A Jack­sonville man who was a mem­ber of the U.S. Air Force when ar­rested in late 2015 was sen­tenced Thurs­day to 20 years in prison for tak­ing porno­graphic pho­to­graphs of a 6-year-old girl and post­ing them on­line.

Cameron Dee Neal, 34, pleaded guilty May 19 to a charge of pro­duc­tion of child pornog­ra­phy, ad­mit­ting that over a six-month pe­riod, he took nu­mer­ous images of the young girl while pos­ing her in women’s un­der­wear, and then up­loaded 75 of the images to the In­ter­net, where un­der­cover fed­eral agents in Bos­ton dis­cov­ered them in De­cem­ber 2015.

De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity in­ves­ti­ga­tors in Bos­ton an­a­lyzed the images — which they said rep­re­sented a new “se­ries” of child pornog­ra­phy — un­til they were able to match the back­ground in one im­age to an openly avail­able im­age of a Jack­sonville dance stu­dio, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­tacted fel­low agent Toby Rowe in Lit­tle Rock, who said he was able to ob­tain the girl’s iden­tity from rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the stu­dio, where she had taken dance classes. He said a fe­male in­ves­ti­ga­tor with the Arkansas State Po­lice’s Crimes Against Chil­dren Di­vi­sion then in­ter­viewed the child, who said Neal told her the pho­to­graphs were their “se­cret.”

Neal was in­dicted Jan. 5, 2016, by a fed­eral grand jury in Lit­tle Rock on charges of pro­duc­ing and dis­tribut­ing child pornog­ra­phy. He was even­tu­ally dis­charged from the Air Force.

On Thurs­day, he stood be­fore U.S. District Judge D. Price Mar­shall Jr., ac­knowl­edg­ing that he knew he had

a se­ri­ous prob­lem be­fore he was ar­rested and say­ing he was grate­ful for the help he has since re­ceived.

“I know that what I’ve done is a great crime,” Neal said. “I wanted to seek out treat­ment be­fore it got to this point. I did not like what I was do­ing. I did not like what I was be­com­ing. … I’ve wanted help for a long time.”

Neal told the judge that he was in­tro­duced to pornog­ra­phy at “an ex­tremely young age” and still strug­gles to over­come his ad­dic­tion.

“I don’t want to be this per­son. I want re­cov­ery,” he said, stand­ing be­side de­fense at­tor­ney Bran­non Sloan. “I hate my­self for what I’ve done.”

As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Kristin Bryant asked for a sen­tence at the top of the penalty range rec­om­mended by fed­eral

sen­tenc­ing guide­lines — 210 months, or 17 years and six months, to 262 months, or 21 years and 10 months. Fed­eral statutes re­quired a sen­tence of be­tween 15 and 30 years in prison.

Bryant ar­gued that the crime was car­ried out re­peat­edly over six months and that Neal took the pho­to­graphs for the sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion of him­self and oth­ers who aren’t known and who will con­tinue to have ac­cess to them, since they re­main ir­re­triev­ably on the In­ter­net.

“Know­ing it’s out there is heart­break­ing,” Bryant said.

Sloan sought a sen­tence lower than the rec­om­mended range, point­ing out that Neal has at­tended a num­ber of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices and “is to pre­pared to ad­dress a real prob­lem he has.” Sloan also said Neal hopes to serve his time in a fed­eral pen­i­ten­tiary where sex of­fender treat­ment is avail­able, which Mar­shall

said he will rec­om­mend to the Bu­reau of Prisons.

Mar­shall took a brief re­cess be­fore an­nounc­ing that he had con­sid­ered the se­ri­ous­ness of the crime and its par­tic­u­lars, as well as Neal’s recog­ni­tion of his prob­lem, and what the judge be­lieved to be “gen­uine re­morse,” in set­tling on a sen­tence in the mid­dle of the guide­line range.

The judge also or­dered Neal to pay about $19,000 to the girl’s mother to cover ex­penses stem­ming from the abuse and or­dered Neal to re­main un­der the su­per­vi­sion of U.S. pro­ba­tion of­fi­cers for 10 years af­ter his re­lease from prison.

Mar­shall im­posed nu­mer­ous con­di­tions that Neal must abide by once he is re­leased, or face a pos­si­ble re­turn to prison. They in­clude re­stric­tions on In­ter­net use and stay­ing away from chil­dren, ex­cept his own bi­o­log­i­cal chil­dren, as well as ar­eas where chil­dren con­gre­gate.

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