Deal struck between prosecutors, man changed with pandering child porn


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



Todd Neu, 55, of Lima, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court Friday and accepted a deal from prosecutors that called for him to plead guilty to five counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor. Neu will be sentenced May 24.

Todd Neu, 55, of Lima, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court Friday and accepted a deal from prosecutors that called for him to plead guilty to five counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor. Neu will be sentenced May 24.


J Swygart | The Lima News

Todd Neu faces more than nine years in prison when he is sentenced next month on five counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor and one count of obstruction of justice.

Todd Neu faces more than nine years in prison when he is sentenced next month on five counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor and one count of obstruction of justice.


J Swygart | The Lima News

LIMA — A Lima man charged with the use of minors in nudity-oriented material and 14 counts of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor accepted a deal from prosecutors Friday that saw the most serious of the charges dismissed.

Todd Neu, 55, agreed to a deal that called for him to plead guilty to five counts of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor, fourth-degree felonies, in exchange for the dismissal of all remaining charges.

Neu faces more than nine years in prison when he is sentenced May 24, although Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge David Cheney stressed that no mandatory prison time is required on the fourth-degree felony charges and that there is “no presumption that consecutive sentences should be imposed.”

According to court documents, the pandering charges against Neu are related to alleged incidents that prosecutors say took place in 2015 during which videos and still photographs were produced showing a minor participating in sexual activity.

Neu on Friday also changed his plea on an unrelated case in which he was charged with obstructing justice, a fifth-degree felony, as the result of a jailhouse plan gone awry.

In February it came to light that former Shawnee teacher Kyle Baker, who is currently being held in the Allen County jail, had tried to use fellow inmate Neu to communicate with Baker’s alleged 14-year-old through Neu’s son.

Baker reportedly asked the girl what she told police, mentioned getting their stories straight and telling her “we’re on the same side of this,” prosecutors told the court in February.

The incident resulted in the obstruction of justice charge against Neu, which carries a maximum penalty of 12 months in prison. The pandering charges each carry a maximum sentence of 18 months.

Due to his guilty plea to the pandering charges, Neu will also be required to register as a sex offender every six months for the next 25 years.

Neu was released from custody on an own recognizance bond, with electronic ankle bracelet monitoring, following Friday’s hearing. Neu was ordered to have no contact with the family of Kyle Baker.

Todd Neu, 55, of Lima, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court Friday and accepted a deal from prosecutors that called for him to plead guilty to five counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor. Neu will be sentenced May 24.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/04/web1_Todd-Neu-plea-change-1.jpgTodd Neu, 55, of Lima, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court Friday and accepted a deal from prosecutors that called for him to plead guilty to five counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor. Neu will be sentenced May 24. J Swygart | The Lima News
Todd Neu faces more than nine years in prison when he is sentenced next month on five counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor and one count of obstruction of justice.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/04/web1_Todd-Neu-plea-change-2.jpgTodd Neu faces more than nine years in prison when he is sentenced next month on five counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor and one count of obstruction of justice. J Swygart | The Lima News

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