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former teacher, girls track coach sentenced
for internet child porn

April 21, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former girls track coach in Frontenac, Mo., was sentenced in federal court today for attempting to receive child pornography over the Internet.

Kurtis W. Neely, 32, of Raymore, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright to five years in federal prison without parole. Neely was formerly employed as a track coach at St. Joseph Academy in Frontenac, and prior to that, as a substitute teacher and coach in Kansas City-area schools.

Neely pleaded guilty on Dec. 8, 2010. 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.

Neely also 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, Mo., Police Department officer.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine Fincham. It was investigated by the Raymore, Mo., Police Department and the Mayville, Mo., Police Department.

Project Safe Childhood
This 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 United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (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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