Former Klansman Accused in Child Porn Case
The former Grand Dragon of the Michigan Ku Klux Klan state chapter was placed in the Lake County jail Thursday on accusations of sending porn and live nude feeds of himself to someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
Neil Ray Schmidt, 60, allegedly sent hundreds of images and videos of nude or sexual content to the girl, who was actually an Internet persona made up by undercover detectives in an ongoing sex-predator sting by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Schmidt was charged with 256 counts of transmission of material harmful to minors by electronic device as well as one count of prohibited computer transmission.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the porn transmissions from Schmidt occurred in April 2010 on several occasions when Lake County detectives were undercover in an online chat room.
Schmidt, of St. Louis, was transferred to the Lake County jail from a Michigan federal prison where he already was serving 20 years for trying to arrange a sexual encounter through an online chatroom with two undercover detectives in Georgia, masquerading as 14-year-old girls.