The United States District Attorney's Office issued a statement on Friday, January 10th after 31 year old Doctor Justin Neisler entered a guilty plea to charges of producing child pornography as a part of a plea deal. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore on May 22nd and faces between 15 and 30 years in federal prison.
In October 2018 Tumbler reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that they had a user that repeatedly uploaded child pornography to their account between October 15th and December 13th, 2018. According to the court documents, even when the account would be deactivated, the user would just create a new one and continue on posting.
On November 2, 2018 the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children relayed the tip to the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit where the local investigation began.
On March 13, 2019 law enforcement served a search warrant at Neisler's home. After an examination of his electronic devices, FBI investigators located approximately 6,600 images and 1,725 videos depicting child pornography which Neisler had allegedly downloaded from the internet.
He was subsequently arrested and on March 28th his medical license was suspended.
According to investigators, during an interview Neisler "admitted to surreptitiously videotaping" some of his young clients during physical examinations with a pen camera and his iPhone which he would later review at home for his own sexual gratification.
Court documents state that Neisler admitted to investigators to generally filming boys between the ages of 9 and 11 because they were old enough that their parents would not be in the room with them during the examination.
According to the Denver Post, law enforcement does not believe that he distributed the videos of his patients.
"There are few violations of trust worse than when a doctor takes advantage of a child in the exam room for his own sexual gratification," U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado Jason Dunn said in the statement. "Thankfully, Dr. Neisler was caught and will never again be in a position to harm children under the guise of helping them."
As a part of the plea deal, in exchange for a guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of no more than 25 years.
Neisler stated in the plea deal that while he had recorded some of his minor patients, he had never touched them in an inappropriate manner. He also stated that he had been looking at child pornography since the age of 11 and was allegedly concerned by the possibility of being arrested for 20 years.