DIA worker allegedly told cops he looked at child porn because he was 'bored' & 'getting old sucks'

DENVER - The Denver International Airport employee accused of browsing child pornography at work and at home told officers he was bored at work and "getting old sucks," according to a newly-released affidavit.

Released Wednesday morning, the document shows Neil Cleary, 65, was reported to police by a co-worker who provided a spreadsheet containing Cleary's web browser history from work. The detective writes in the affidavit that he reviewed the list and found "sexually explicit images of individuals who appear to be under the age of 18."

Another spreadsheet allegedly contained a list of explicit or euphemistic web searches.

DIA's chief information security officer was interviewed and explained that the Denver city and county web filters would have blocked access to the websites listed on the first spreadsheet. However, the affidavit also shows the detective found deleted child pornography files on hard drives from Cleary's work computer.

When the detective went to Cleary's home to interview Cleary on Jan. 8, the affidavit states that he peered through the windows and saw photos of young children on the walls and toys on the kitchen table. The officers returned later, when Cleary was home and the man explained he had grandchildren and agreed to go to the FBI building for an interview on Jan. 9.

In that interview, the affidavit says Cleary agreed to answer questions about the investigation. He talked about the types of computers he uses at home or at work and explained that he preferred the Bing search engine.

Cleary also answered questions about why he looked at child pornography.

"Neil began looking at child pornography because 'getting old sucks' and beauty in society is catered to the young generation," the detective summarizes in the affidavit. "Neil was bored at work and began spending his time on Facebook and both adult and child pornography websites."

Cleary said that about five or ten percent of the search terms he used to find child pornography were not blocked by the web filters on his work computer. He also told the interviewers that he was aware he had a problem with pornography and "wants to do anything to fix it," the affidavit states.

Before investigators began a search of his home, which uncovered additional digital evidence, Cleary made another statement to the detective. The affidavit states, "Neil told me he is devastated by what he has done and wants to make things right. Neil states when [name redacted] found out yesterday, he never wanted to see the same expression on her face again and that is why he wants to fully cooperate with the investigation."

Among the items found in his home were files containing sexually explicit cartoons, explicit images featuring children and a document entitled "What does the FBI recommend that you do if you accidentally download kiddy porn??"

Cleary is charged with sexual exploitation of a child.

Cleary is currently free on a $5,000 bond, the District Attorney's Office said. His next scheduled court appearance is set for July 3 at 1:30 p.m.

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