DENVER – United States Attorney Jason R. Dunn announced that Dr. Justin Neisler, MD, age 31 of Denver, Colorado, pleaded guilty yesterday to the production of child pornography before U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore. Dr. Neisler appeared at the change of plea hearing in custody and was remanded at the hearing’s conclusion. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Moore on May 22, 2020. The Denver office of the FBI joined in this announcement.
According to the stipulated facts contained in the plea agreement, on November 2, 2018, the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force received a tip that child pornography was being uploaded by Dr. Neisler to a social media website. The uploads took place between October 15, 2018 and December 13, 2018. On March 13, 2019, agents and officers executed a search warrant at Dr. Neisler’s residence. During the search, it was determined that Dr. Neisler kept child pornography on his cell phone and on various other electronic media. A later forensic review by the FBI of Dr. Neisler’s electronic devices revealed approximately 6,600 still images and 1,725 videos of child pornography that he had obtained from the Internet.
During the search, Dr. Neisler admitted to investigators that, in his professional capacity, he conducted medical examinations of minors and others. The investigation determined that Dr. Neisler had secretly video recorded a number of these medical exams, while his patients were undressed, without his patients’ knowledge, using a Spy Pen Camera and his iPhone. He would then watch those videos at home for his own sexual gratification. As part of investigating and prosecuting this case, minor victims have been identified and interviewed to make certain that no other hands-on offenses occurred, and that those victims’ needs are addressed, and that the videos of those victims have not been distributed.
“There are few violations of trust worse than when a doctor takes advantage of a child in the exam room for his own sexual gratification,” said U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn. “Thankfully, Dr. Neisler was caught and will never again be in a position to harm children under the guise of helping them.”
“Today’s plea represents the FBI’s dedication to pursuing those that exploit children,” said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Dean Phillips. “The identification and apprehension of child predators is a priority for the FBI, and this case should serve as a deterrent to those who utilize their positions of trust in the victimization of children.”
Dr. Neisler faces not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years in federal prison. The defendant is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patricia Davies and Alecia Riewerts.
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