MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 6, 2013

Registration law broken, jury says


— A Wagoner man was found guilty by a federal jury for failing to register as a sex offender, according to a media release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Gary James Neel, 40, was indicted in December following an investigation by the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Department, the Denver and Aurora, Colo., police departments and the U.S. Marshal’s offices in Muskogee and Denver.

Evidence presented at trial proved that from about Sept. 5 until about Oct. 4, Neel, who is required to register as a sex offender, knowingly failed to register and update his registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Neel was convicted June 26, 1998, in New York of felony attempted first-degree sexual abuse with a child younger than 11.

Neel will remain in custody pending sentencing. He faces up to 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.