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Rolla man pleads guilty to federal possession of child pornography charge

Phelps County Sheriff's Department


A Rolla man faces a possible federal prison sentence and fine for having child pornography.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, Neil A. Outar, pleaded guilty Thursday to federal possession of child pornography. Outar faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

The Phelps County Sheriff's Department started to investigate Outar after receiving a tip about child pornography uploaded to a Gmail account between November 2020 to December 2021.

A detective found the IP address used to upload the photos was serviced by the University of Missouri of Science and Technology. Outar was the school's chief diversity officer at the time, according to court documents.

Investigators found images of child pornography in two of Outar's email accounts following a search of his home and office in February 2021. Authorities determined photos were also deleted from Outar's home and work computers.

Detectives said Outar told them he viewed child sexual abuse material.

A federal judge is set to sentence Outar on March 14.

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