Neil Cleary, DIA employee, on why he surfed for child porn at work: "Getting old sucks"

Neil Cleary. See an arrest affidavit and more below.
Here at Schmuck of the Week headquarters, we've heard plenty of excuses for bad behavior. But few of them are as weird, weak and creepy as the one allegedly offered by Neil Cleary, a staffer at Denver International Airport, for surfing for child pornography while on the job: "Getting old sucks."

So does a lot of this story, as you'll see below.

This past December 30, according to the arrest affidavit on view here, a Denver Police Department officer received info from the DIA tech crew about an employee allegedly viewing child porno websites on his City of Denver computer.

Assorted files had been deleted, but the investigator was able to call up Cleary's Bing search engine history. The list of search terms include "Teen Oops," "Tumblr Very Young Girls," "Lola Pre Very Young Surprised Girl," "Daughter Erection Nudist" and "Very Young Little Girls Sucking."
Inside DIA.
On January 8, a detective with the DPD's sex-crimes unit went to Cleary's home. No one appeared to be home at the time, so he peeked through the window and saw multiple photos of young kids, plus coloring books and toys scattered about. He later learned the latter belonged to Cleary's grandchildren.

When Cleary was finally contacted and sat down to speak with an agent, he revealed that he'd been working at DIA for over twenty years, most recently in the technologies department as a contract compliance representative, and planned to retire in October. He's also said to have acknowledging the searches for child porn because "'getting old sucks' and beauty in society is catered to the young generation."

An equally important motivation, Cleary said, was boredom at work, which inspired him to spend a lot of time on Facebook as well as adult and child pornography websites -- and before long, he'd developed what he saw as a porn problem, the report says. For that reason, he said he'd started to delete all pornography files from his work and home computer because he "didn't want to look at them anymore."

Once investigators got their hands on Cleary's home computer, they discovered he'd found a new subject to search: He'd looked up a document from the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing website entitled "Child Pornography Defined" and an clip entitled "What does the FBI recommend that you do if you accidentally download kiddy porn."

He may get an opportunity to make use of this knowledge. The Denver District Attorney's Office has now formally charged him with sexual exploitation of a child. He's next due in court on July 3.

Look below to see Cleary's full-size mug shot, followed by the arrest affidavit.

Neil Cleary.

Neil Cleary Affidavit

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Janet Vigil
Janet Vigil

I bet being stupid sucks more than getting old..pig

Chris Heller
Chris Heller

nice excuse but no, being a pedophile at any age sucks and they need to get rid of him

Carol Bair
Carol Bair

You don't look at Child Porn because you're getting old...Dumbass! You look at Child Porn bcasue you're a Pedophile!

muhutdafuga topcommenter

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-- Republican candidate Richard Gardner,a Nevada State Representative, admitted to molesting his two daughters.

-- Republican Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner had been convicted of molesting a 13-year old girl. when the Republican Party, knowing of these crimes, put him on the ballot.

-- Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.

-- Republican City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison. Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.

-- Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession. With his political career over, he went to work in the hard-core pornography industry for Platinum X Pictures, owned by his daughter, porn starlet Jewel De'Nyle (Stephany Schwarz).

-- Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall, director of Faith & Family Alliance, (a Christian Coalition spin off), former student of Pat Robertson's Regent University, member of Ralph Reed's inner circle who funneled money to from lobbyist Jack Abramoff to Reed, was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.

-- Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a "good military man" and "church goer," was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

-- Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.

-- Republican director of the "Young Republican Federation" Nicholas Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.

-- Republican president of the New York City Housing Development Corp. Russell Harding pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer.

-- Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen Sr., 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women. He was found guilty of raping a 15-year old girl, and his sentences added up to 126 years in prison.

-- Age 62 Republican Party leader Bobby Stumbo of Denton County, Kentucky was arrested for having sex with a 5-year old boy.

-- Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins of Asbury Park, New Jersey plead guilty to sexually molesting 13 and 14 year old girls.

-- Republican Mayor John Gosek of Oswego, New York was arrested on charges of soliciting sex from two 15-year old girls.

muhutdafuga topcommenter

-- Republican Commissioner ( of Richland County, Ohio ) David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

-- Republican Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.

-- Republican Committeeman John R. Curtain was charged with molesting a teenage boy and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

-- Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth anti-abortion activist who gained fame during the Schiavo media-circus, was convicted of two charges of raping a child in 2002 .

-- Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.

-- Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.

-- Republican pastor Mike Hintz,a First Assembly of God youth pastor whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.

-- Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

-- Republican advertising consultant Carey Lee Cramer was charged with molesting his 9-year old step-daughter after including her in an anti-Gore television commercial.

-- Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

-- Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter, the Susan Smith who drowned her adorable two sons "in cold blood" in a South Carolina lake in 1995.

-- Republican Judge Ronald C. Kline was placed under house arrest for child molestation and possession of child pornography.

-- Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.

-- Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.

-- Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.

-- Republican Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.

-- Republican election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl.

-- Republican Tennessee State Representative, Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).

-- Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was found guilty of molesting a 15-year old girl at the home for troubled girls that he ran.

Skye Cameron
Skye Cameron

I find getting old is wonderful. Everyday on this side of the grass is a gift when you battle depression caused from abuse. I'm happy to be alive after having been raped by my father and his father and some of his brothers and my parents landlord and other people he owed money to and just friends in general cause he was generous that way. Getting old isn't a gift all sexual abuse/incest survivors are given since many of us commit suicide, overdose, are beaten to death or die from complication of rape at such a young age, etc… . I have agoraphobia, PTSD, clinical depression, epilepsy, digestive issues, there's not an internal organ in my body that's where its supposed to be, my small intestines were pushed through a hole into my chest cavity and pushing up against my heart sack and lungs until I quit being able to breath and had emergency surgery with a 3 1/2" vortex patch put in to cover the hole, one time cancer survivor with cells again (and guess where they formed) and the list goes on. Getting old sucks? Trying getting old when you're triggered by looking at pictures of old perverts like this. But, hey, buddy, if you're THAT miserable, I'll take my life over yours ANY day.

Claudia McGee
Claudia McGee

incapable of hitting my 'like' button. here I go: I would most definitely be in on stoning this sh*tbag. literally. I'll even help his offspring and theirs, to make sure he ends this crap. he is a baby when it comes to the crap that happens - they never stop 'growing', these THINGS. *rant over*

muhutdafuga topcommenter

Another conservative comes out of the closet.

RobertChase topcommenter

@PointingFingers No, no -- off with his head!

All the rest of the comments are reactionary and stereotyped; only you seem to have read the article.

muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga Brilliant use of the "No, you" defense when you know you've been caught.  Come to think of it, it isn't brilliant, it's just more radical right wing lying.

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When asked why she became a bull dyke the mutt responded:

"Being fat sucks"

"Being ugly sucks"

"Being stupid sucks"

"Having  a nasty disposition sucks"

muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga Off topic again.  While we're off topic, consider:

His candor was refreshing, to say the least. But there are indeed some similarities between the right wing of the GOP, and the most reprehensible regime ever inflicted on mankind, Hitler and his Nazi rat henchmen.

1. The general feeling, whether spoken out right, or kept not-so-subtly-hidden, of being better than others. Nazis, like Republicans, and Republicans, like Nazis, think they’re better. They’re white. They don’t like, not necessarily in this order of dislike, niggers, spics, gooks, zips (Koreans), dinks (Chinese), wops, Jew kikes, Japs, wet-back greasers, camel-jockeys and sand niggers (A-rabs), Frogs, foreigners, immigrants, faggots and butch lesbians, and a host of others. Republicans often talk about (white) Americans as though they’re God’s chosen people, the only people who matter (in the war in Iraq, no mention has ever been made of the number of Iraqis killed because they don’t matter). The Nazis of course called themselves the Master Race.

2.   Religious Xenophobia. God is a Republican. The Republicans tie religious belief to their supposed superiority, and to politics and policy-setting. They know God. You don’t. God favors them, not you, if you disagree with them. The German Nazis had belt buckles that read, “Gott Mitt Uns” (God is with us).

3.   Patriotism as propaganda. Republicans consistently and improperly display the flag, often from car antennas, to demonstrate their patriotic resolve, when the flag was meant to be displayed properly, only in places where decorum would allow dignity. The flag was not meant to be a feckless political prop to back a right wing world viewpoint. For their part, the German Nazis had rallies with thousands of flags.

4.   Love of war. The Republicans used to pride themselves as the party that didn’t start wars, the Democrats did. No more. Today, they never saw a war they didn’t like (they won’t admit it), and view war not as a purely defensive measure as the Founding Fathers intended, but as a useful tool, an instrument of shaping foreign policy. The German Nazis use of war is well known to the world.

5.   Love of radio propaganda. Political talk radio is a largely right-wing creation, to counter what conservatives endlessly contend is the liberally biased mainstream media, and has mushroomed across the country, fed by angry white boys who like to listen to it. It is hosted by a host of American Joseph Goebbels (German minister of propaganda) imitators, who dispense false accusations, right-wing claptrap and mocking, thinly-disguised hate for those who disagree with them. Their most recognizable traits are smugness and the school-yard bully mean spirit.

6.   The cult of the leader (fuehrer). Democrats may praise the tough pluck of little Harry Truman, or the dignified wisdom of FDR, but mythologizing conservatives as some kind of gods brought down from on-high is a right-wing phenomenon that has recently grown in scope. Current deification efforts include among others, Ronald Reagan, John Wayne and the pre-posthumous Rush Limbaugh. The Germans of course had Hitler.

7.   Use of diversions. The Germans used the Reichstag fire of 1933 to suspend civil liberties under emergency decree. George W. Bush used 9-11 to invade Iraq under the guise of false weapons of mass destruction, and to re-make the Middle East. He did illegal wire taps of American citizens to make Americans supposedly safer. Both German and American citizens largely accepted these measures with docility and without debate or protest.

8.   Use of scapegoats. The Germans called people they didn’t like “sub-humans.” The right-wing Republicans call them “bad Americans.”

9.   Contempt for Democracy. Hitler said Democracy was corrupt, soft. Bush said being a dictator would be easier than being president.

10.   The blame game, or denial of bad news. Conservatives, in power for eight years, blame Obama for the country’s impending economic collapse. Hitler said his generals let him down.

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