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Who is Anthony Nealy? : Man, 31, is arrested ‘for keeping a girl under 12 as a sex slave since 2015

Man, 31, is arrested 'for keeping a girl under 12 as a sex slave since 2015

Man, 31, is arrested ‘for keeping a girl under 12 as a sex slave since 2015

A man known as a “friendly neighbor” in Kings Mountain, North Carolina has been arrested and accused of keeping a young girl as a sex slave for years, The U.S. Sun reports. Somehow, he had been able to convince his North Carolina neighbors that he was a nice and trustworthy guy, and certainly not the keeper of a sex slave.  North Carolina cops picked up the alleged slave keeper, Anthony Nealy, 31, in his neighborhood on October 9.

Anthony Nealy, 31, was taken into custody last Friday and charged with sexual servitude with a child victim, child abuse including a sexual act, rape of a child by an adult, statutory sex offense with a child by an adult, and human trafficking with a child victim.

According to arrest warrants, Nealy, of Kings Mountain, began molesting the victim, identified only as a girl under the age of 12, in January 2015, and the abuse continued until last month.

A neighbor said Nealy was arrested after the child confided in a school counselor about the alleged abuse, sparking an investigation, reported Fox46. Nealy is suspected of keeping the girl as a sex slave, taking her to various locations, and raping her.

Other neighbors said they would see Nealy walking the child to and from school every day, but they were never seen playing outdoors together. Nealy is accused of keeping a girl younger than 12 as a sex slave at his home in Kings Mountain from January 2015 until September 2020.

Those who knew Nealy described him as seemingly easy-going and friendly, even helping a neighbor with his yard work. ‘It’s crazy, I mean, you can’t trust anybody nowadays, nobody,’ one woman said. ‘You don’t even know who your neighbors are.’

Nealy made his initial court appearance on Monday and attempted to ask the presiding judge to reduce his $500,000 bond, but she interrupted him, refusing to lower the amount, reported The Shelby Star.

Nealy remained in the Cleveland County jail on Thursday. His next court appearance is scheduled for October 29.

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