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14 News speaks to Hancock Co. parents after teacher is accused in child porn case

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A Daviess County Grand Jury indicted 42-year-old Daniel Scott Neal on 39 counts this week. A Daviess County Grand Jury indicted 42-year-old Daniel Scott Neal on 39 counts this week.
Daniel Scott Neal.Source: Kentucky Attorney General Office Daniel Scott Neal.Source: Kentucky Attorney General Office

Friday night, we hear from Hancock County parents after a high school teacher is charged in a child pornography investigation.

A Daviess County Grand Jury indicted 42-year-old Daniel Scott Neal on 39 counts this week.

The Attorney General's office says those pornographic materials were recovered from Neal's home back in May, and Friday night, some parents say they're upset they were left in the dark for so long.

"It's kind of disturbing that they let this go," said Hancock County resident Jamie Duncan.

Hancock County Schools Superintendent Kyle Estes says the district was not aware of Neal's investigation until Neal himself called him Thursday.

Estes tells us, Friday, notes were sent home with each Hancock County High School student, and the school talked with each cross country student Daniel Neal coached.

"He is a good track coach," Duncan told us. "He is a good person but you just never know. People surprise you."

The district tells 14 News Friday, no officials have contacted them regarding the investigation. The Commonwealth Attorney's office says, in situations like this, investigations aren't revealed until a case is made against a suspect.

But parents like Tiffany Nugent say hearing the news months later is worrisome.

"To keep them exposed to kids in the high school, I think it's kind of sad that nobody did say anything to the school," Nugent said.

"I think that put our children at risk," said parent Mary Crowe. "You know, he's around kids quite often and that was disappointing because nobody realized it in time."

And while parents question why they didn't find out sooner, some community members tell us they're just waiting for the truth.

"I'm kind of in the middle," Duncan said. "Like I said, innocent until you're proven guilty."

There is an active indictment warrant out for Neal.

Hancock County Schools says Neal is suspended with pay, pending the results of that investigation.

Neal is due in court November 30th.

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