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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Kurtis Neely: Former Track Coach at St. Joseph Academy Pleads Guilty to Soliciting Child Porn

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 1:05 PM

The U.S. Attorney's Office reports that Kurtis W. Neely, a former girls track coach at St. Joseph's Academy in Frontenac, pleaded guilty in court in Kansas City today to attempting to receive child pornography over the Internet.

Kurtis, 32, who now resides the western Missouri town of Raymore, admitted that he discussed sexually explicit matters in an Internet chat room with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, and that he masturbated on live webcam during the chat. In reality, Neely was communicating with an undercover Maryland Heights police officer. Whoops!

During a forensic examination of Neely's computer, investigators identified a video of child pornography that was recorded during a live feed from an Internet chat room.

Under federal statutes, Neely is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine Fincham and was investigated by the Raymore police department.

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