Police: Man molests, photographs child

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 21, 2013 

Paul Neidinger

The first time Paul Neidinger was reported for child molestation, there wasn't enough evidence to charge him. But police say a girl's second report with teachers at a Muscogee County school enabled the 36-year-old's arrest.

Neidinger faced charges of aggravated child molestation Thursday in Recorder's Court after he was accused of subjecting two children to sexual acts over a period of nine months.

Police were first called in to investigate Neidinger in August, after the children told their teachers he molested them repeatedly since February. There was not enough evidence, and the case was dropped, a Columbus Police detective told the court.

About two months later, officers returned to the case. The children reported a second time that they had been touched repeatedly in private areas. During interviews with Neidinger's alleged victims, one of the children told police that Neidinger had thrice performed a sexual act on her.

The girl also told another adult that Neidinger had taken nude pictures of her during the incident.

After a warrant was issued Nov. 13 for Neidinger, he told officers that from June 2012 to June 2013 he took prescription narcotics for an unspecified injury. The pills became addictive, he claims, and any molestations he might have committed were done under the influence.

Judge Michael Cielinski set no bond for Neidinger's charge. It will be bound over to Superior Court.

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