A ‘friendly’ neighbor was allegedly keeping a 12-year-old child sex slave in his home.
Anthony Nealy, 31, appeared in court on Monday in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, facing charges including sexual servitude with a child victim.
He is also accused of child abuse including a sexual act, rape of a child by an adult, statutory sex offense with child by an adult and human trafficking with a child victim.
Nealy was accused of keeping a girl under the age of 12 as a sex slave since 2015, taking her to different locations and raping her, according to police.
The abuse was investigated after the child spoke with a school counselor about it, neighbor close to the family told Fox 46.
A woman who lived nearby said it seemed like a normal living situation, but she noticed that the two of them were barely ever outside of the house.
‘We’d see them walk up and down the road to go to school and that’s about it,’ the woman said. ‘They’ve got toys outside and everything in the backyard. They’ve got bikes and all kinds of stuff out there but you don’t never see them come outside any day of the week.’
One neighbor was horrified that Nealy was committing these crimes within the neighborhood.
He said: ‘I found it very disgusting that someone like that was living so close to us.’
Those who live in the area had no clue what was happening right under their nose and didn’t see Nealy as a criminal.
‘I couldn’t believe that was our neighbor, you know what I’m saying?’ the neighbor said. ‘He lived right next door and was doing something like that to a child.’
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The neighbor said that most people in the area thought that Nealy was a likeable person.
‘He didn’t stand out at all,’ the neighbor said. ‘He was just that type of person, easygoing.’
Nealy and the girl allegedly knew each other, but it is not clear what there relationship is at this time.
In court, Nealy began to ask for a bond reduction, where he was swiftly shut down by Cleveland County District Court Judge Meredith Shuford.
‘I’m not going to modify your bond today,’ Shuford said.
Nealy is being held on a $500,000 bond and his court hearings will proceed throughout the year.
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