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November 8, 2013


Texarkana, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that John Malcolm Nealy, 66, of Florence, Montana, was sentenced yesterday to 15 years imprisonment with no parole and a lifetime of supervised release for transporting child pornography across state lines. The sentencing took place before the Honorable Harry Barnes in United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas in Texarkana.

U.S. Attorney Eldridge commented “this case is extremely disturbing due to the fact that this Defendant had already been convicted of a similar crime in another state and instead of being rehabilitated or learning a lesson from his prior conviction, he chose to continue his illicit behavior progressing into viewing images that were even more disturbing and more violent. These innocent children will forever be victimized by these images. This Defendant was brought to justice, and we will continue to work aggressively to prosecute these types of cases to the fullest extent of the law for the sake of these innocent children.”

According to court records, on September 3, 2012 Nealy was located in the White Oak State Park in rural Nevada County, Arkansas with a stolen license plate on his vehicle. Officers with the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism made contact with Nealy and discovered he was a registered sex offender who was wanted by the U.S. Marshal’s Service for violations of his federal supervised release on a previous possession of child pornography conviction out of the District of Montana. Nealy was arrested and a search of his vehicle revealed computer equipment and memory cards which contained approximately 60 videos of child pornography, some of which were found to portray sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence. Nealy admitted in statements to agents with Homeland Security Investigations that he fled Montana with the videos to avoid arrest on probation violations related his previous conviction. Nealy pleaded guilty to one count of transporting child pornography on April 15, 2013.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Matt Quinn prosecuted the case for the United States.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and their Criminal Division Child Exploitation and Obscenity Sections (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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