Tacoma man allegedly admits to being a pedophile

Staff writerApril 29, 2014 

When Tacoma police began looking into a tip that a man had bought the domain for a child pornography site, detectives saw inconsistencies in the spelling of his name and considered whether the man’s identity had been stolen.

They decided to visit him in August and ask.

James McNeill, 50, didn’t mince words.

“The defendant admitted he had been downloading child pornography for 12 years and considered himself a pedophile,” according to charging papers.

On Monday, Pierce County prosecutors charged McNeill with four counts of second-degree possession of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He is scheduled to be arraigned May 9.

The tip was passed along by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. McNeill allegedly denied being involved with the domain site but admitted to downloading child pornography.

He led detectives to his office and gave them permission to search his computer, hard drive, DVDs and a filing cabinet filled with printed images, court records show.

“He denied he acted on his desires but did download and collect the images for sexual gratification,” prosecutors wrote in charging papers.

McNeill allegedly said he was remorseful and would never do it again.

When police contacted him again in September, McNeill turned over a bin of DVDs with child pornography that detectives had missed when they served a search warrant.

He also notified detectives about an email he’d received from someone claiming to be Russian police demanding $5,000 or they’d turn him in.

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