City man faces 10 child sex abuse charges Neihaus, 21, also faces fed charges

Published 11:44 pm Friday, May 28, 2010

A Vicksburg man already facing federal child sexual exploitation charges has been indicted by a Warren County Grand Jury for 10 additional offenses involving child sexual abuse.

Bryan Neihaus, 21, 452 Tilton Ranch Road, was arraigned Friday morning by presiding Judge Isadore Patrick after being named by the May term of the grand jury. Indictments are usually not made public until after the defendant has been arraigned, or formally advised in court of the charges against him.

Neihaus is charged with six counts of sexual battery of a child under the age of 13; two counts of molesting a child under the age of 16; and two counts of child pornography depicting or recording a child under the age of 18 engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

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Offenses were said to have occurred between May 2007 and August 2008 and are named separately because they are “based on the same act or transactions, and/or … two or more acts or transactions connected together and/or constituting parts of a common scheme or plan on the part of the defendant.”

All the charges involved the same victim, who was between 8 and 10 years old during the period.

Vicksburg attorney Michael Winfield, appointed by the court, entered a plea of not guilty. A trial was scheduled for Nov. 15.

Patrick set bond at $100,000, stipulating Neihaus could post bond if he “can clear matters with the federal court.”

Neihaus has been in federal custody since he was arrested Jan. 29 by FBI agents. A complaint from an unidentified source led the FBI to serve a search warrant and retrieve his computer, which revealed a video of him sexually assaulting a pre-teen boy.

A “be on the lookout for” bulletin was then issued in Warren County prior to Neihaus being located and arrested in Tunica.

Neihaus has been incarcerated in the Madison County Detention Center since his arrest by FBI agents. He was taken to and from Friday’s arraignment by Warren County sheriff’s deputies.

He had an initial hearing in February on the federal charges before Magistrate Judge Linda R. Anderson of U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi in Jackson. It was not known if Anderson set a bond amount.

Another Vicksburg man, John Crumpler, 2957 Mount Alban Road, has also been charged by the FBI with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor resulting from the same investigation.