LIMA — A Lima man who used a secretly installed video camera to film a 17-year-old female family member in the shower was sentenced Thursday to three years on probation and 100 days in jail.
Todd Neu, 55, pleaded guilty last month to five counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, fourth-degree felonies, as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. In exchange, the state dismissed eight other identical counts along with a second-degree felony charge of the illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.
During Thursday morning’s hearing in Allen County Common Pleas Court, Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Terri Kohlrieser said Neu was fired by his former employer after more than 1,000 images depicting child pornography were found on his work computer. As Neu’s workplace was being cleared out following his dismissal, a video tape showing the young female showering was discovered, along with other items, said Kohlrieser. Neu’s former employer at that point contacted police.
“When you put everything together, it is simply appalling to me and completely unbelievable … and the defendant is still not taking ownership of what he did,” said Kohlrieser. “I would ask the court to take into consideration what he’s done and how serious it is.”
Neu apologized to the victim and admitted his actions were “inexcusable.” He made to Judge Jeffrey Reed a “guarantee that this will never, ever happen again.”
Reed sentenced Neu to 180 days in jail (with credit for 80 days already served) and ordered him to serve three years on probation. He was labeled a Tier 2 sex offender and will be required to register with authorities every 180 days for the next 25 years. Neu must perform 80 hours of community service, undergo sexual offender treatment and have no contact with the victim in the case.
In an unrelated case, Neu received a suspended 12-month jail sentence on a charge of obstructing justice, a fifth-degree felony. That charge was the result of a jailhouse plan gone awry.
In February it came to light that former Shawnee teacher Kyle Baker, an inmate in the Allen County jail, had tried to use Neu to communicate with Baker’s alleged 14-year-old victim through Neu’s son.
That incident resulted in the obstruction of justice charge against Neu.