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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.
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.
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 Examiner.com 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.

Neil Cleary Affidavit

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