Former KY teacher, coach gets 20 years for possessing child porn videos

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OWENSBORO, Ky. – A former Hancock County High School teacher and track coach was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday for possessing videos of child pornography.

Daniel Scott Neal, 49, of Owensboro, also will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, reported the Messenger-Inquirer.

During Neal’s trial in July, investigators testified about the "hundreds" of photos and videos of child pornography they uncovered, along with articles on how to remove files from hard drives to fool a forensic investigation.

At Monday's sentencing hearing, Neal's attorney, Wesley Milliken, presented a motion for a new trial, requested probation instead of incarceration and asked Neal to be released on bond during the appeals process.

Neal has been out on bond most of the time since his 2012 indictment without a new criminal charge, Milliken said.

"He has strong family and community support," Milliken said, adding that Neal had letters of support from former students "that credit Scott for helping them become successful, productive people."

Milliken also spoke about Neal’s significant health problems.

"We frankly are worried about his surviving his incarceration," Milliken said.

Neal testified he spent seven days in jail after his conviction in July before bonding out, and immediately suffered health problems, including heart and liver failure, and pneumonia, and was in the hospital's critical care unit for 23 days.

"I won't make it through in the shape I'm in," Neal said.

Daviess Circuit Judge Joe Castlen, who sentenced Neal to 20 years, denied the defense motions for probation, bail and a new trial.

Castlen said the evidence presented at trial "was simply overwhelming."

The juveniles depicted in the images "are really foremost in my mind," Castlen said. "What would they say, or their parents say if they were here today? A sentence serves notice to people in our community of the seriousness of the offenses."

Neal was taken into custody and has the right to appeal.

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