published Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Former youth pastor pleads guilty to child porn

A 38-year-old former Shelbyville, Tenn., youth pastor has pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing child pornography and has been taken into custody.

Joseph Todd Neill was charged with possessing "violent" and "sadistic" images on his cellphone. The images were discovered while Shelbyville police were investigating a statutory rape case involving Neill and a 17-year-old female congregant at North Fork Baptist Church.

Neill had been charged and entered a plea agreement in February. He pleaded Friday in U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan K. Lee's courtroom and was immediately taken into custody.

He faces no minimum sentence but a maximum of 20 years at his June 9 hearing.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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