DENVER – United States Attorney Jason R. Dunn announced that Dr. Justin Neisler, age 32, of Denver, Colorado, was sentenced to serve 276 months (23 years) in federal prison, followed by 10 years in supervised release for the production of child pornography. He was also ordered to pay $10,100 in assessments to the Court and into funds set up to assist victims of child exploitation crimes. Dr. Neisler appeared at the sentencing hearing in custody and was remanded at the hearing’s conclusion, to be placed in an institution designated by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. The Denver office of the FBI joined in this announcement.
According to the stipulated facts contained in Dr. Neisler’s plea agreement, on November 2, 2018, the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force received a tip that child pornography was being distributed by means of social media accounts, later determined to belong to Dr. Neisler. The accounts made child pornography available to others.
On March 13, 2019, agents executed a search warrant at Dr. Neisler’s residence. During the search it was determined that Dr. Neisler had child pornography on his cell phone and on various other electronic media. Dr. Neisler’s electronic devices were later reviewed by FBI forensic examiners, revealing approximately 6,600 still images and 1,725 videos of child pornography that he had obtained from online sources.
The investigation further determined that during some of Dr. Neisler’s medical examinations of young boys, he secretly video recorded them while they were undressed and without their knowledge, using a Spy Pen Camera and his iPhone. Dr. Neisler would then watch those videos at home for his own gratification. During the investigation and prosecution, the victims were identified and interviewed to make certain that no other hands-on offenses occurred. The investigation also determined that the videos made by Dr. Neisler were not distributed to others. Although it is not part of the federal prosecution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has been advised that Dr. Neisler’s Colorado medical license has been suspended and will be forfeited following his sentencing hearing.
“This sentence is wholly appropriate in light of the horrific acts committed by the one person besides a parent that a child is told to trust unquestionably,” said U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn. “Our hope is that the sentence gives his victims and their parents some sense of closure and allows them to move forward with their lives.”
“I am extremely proud of the collaborative effort by the FBI Denver Child Exploitation Task Force put forth in order to ensure this defendant was brought to justice and will no longer be able to harm children again,” said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider. “Knowing that Mr. Neisler will serve the next 23 years in federal prison, ensures there is one less predator victimizing the most innocent and vulnerable members of our community. Our community is a lot safer as a result of today’s sentencing.”
Dr. Neisler was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patricia Davies and Alecia Riewerts. The sentence was pronounced by U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore. The case was investigated by the Denver Division of the FBI.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado. Related court documents can be found on PACER. The defendant’s case number is 19-cr-150.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.