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Putnam County commissioner charged with child porn
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A Putnam County Commissioner has been charged with possession, receipt, and distribution of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Mark H. Wildasin for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Jimmy Ray Neal, 57, of Baxter was arrested at his home after FBI and Homeland Security agents executed a search warrant. Neal was transported to Nashville and appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Judge late Friday.

A criminal complaint alleges Neal was identified as an administrator of a group in the Kik app in which images of child pornography were viewed and shared with other users. Specifically, the images depict naked pre-pubescent females with the focus on the genital area.

This long-running investigation by the FBI began in July 2021. After the arrest of an Oklahoma man on child pornography charges, other users in the Kik app group were identified, including “tennesseemaster,” later identified as Jimmy Ray Neal.

If convicted, Neal faces a mandatory minimum of five years, and up to 20 years in prison. 

This case is being investigated by the FBI and Homeland Security. Assistant U.S. Attorney Monica Morrison is prosecuting.