W. Ky. teacher facing child porn charges

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Associated Press

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 5:01 PM

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A western Kentucky teacher is facing 39 counts of possessing child porn.

The Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/PYVnmX) reports that a Daviess County grand jury indicted 42-year-old Daniel Scott Neal of Owensboro on Wednesday. The charges come after the Attorney General's office began an investigation of Neal in May. Attorney general spokeswoman Shelly Catharine Johnson says the cybercrimes unit found 460 videos and 101 images of suspected child pornography on Neal's computer.

The newspaper reports Neal teaches English and coaches track at Hancock County High School. The school named him teacher of the year in 2009, according to a previous article in the Messenger-Inquirer.

He coached cross-country at the school from 1996 to 2007, winning two state championships. Although he stepped down from that role, he still coaches boys' and girls' track.

The newspaper reported an arrest warrant has been issued for Neal, but he wasn't immediately taken into custody. He was not included Friday morning in an online list of inmates at the Daviess County jail.

Hancock County Public Schools superintendent Kyle Estes says Neal has been suspended from his job.

"I have been consulting with our attorney, and I understand Mr. Neal was indicted," Estes said. "(Neal) will not return to Hancock County Public Schools until further notice. We will be conducting our own investigation."

He declined to say whether Neal is on leave with pay or without.

Neal is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 30 in Daviess Circuit Court.

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Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com

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