UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ARREST OF DEFUNIAK SPRINGS MAN FOR CHILD PORN

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A man in handcuffs in front of a patrol car.September 21, 2019

WALTON COUNTY, Fla— A DeFuniak Springs man has been arrested on child porn charges after a lengthy investigation by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit.

On September 20, 2019, Neil Douglas Hawley, 37 years old, was charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography after SVU investigators conducted an undercover child pornography investigation.

Hawley mug shot

A search warrant was obtained for 78 West Violet Lane in DeFuniak Springs.

After several weeks of forensic examination, 20 images depicting children engaged in sexual conduct were discovered on a device used explicitly by Hawley.

He was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail.

WCSO would like to thank Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Department of Homeland Security Investigations who assisted with the search warrant.

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