Neal Assad Sabra convicted of possess...

Neal Assad Sabra convicted of possession of child pornography again

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Anonymous

Urbandale, IA

#1 Mar 18, 2010
Just wanted to report that one of Somerset, MA's own, Neal Assad Sabra (currently of Chesapeake, VA) has once again been charged with possession of child pornography and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Some info below, along with some additional reference articles that can be found at the following; the Virginia Pilot, Wavy TV 10.com and MSNBC.MSN .com. A little history on the man. In 2006, Sabra (then in the US Navy) was on his way to being promoted to an officer, was charged with possession of child pornography (US vs Sabra) and dishonorably discharged, reduced to E-1 and through a guilty plea, sentenced to 18 months at the Norfolk Naval Brig, subsequently transferred to Naval Brig Charleston, SC. he did a 12 month stint. He then relocated back to Chesapeake, Va, married and obtained a job working for a church, serving as leader of some "group". His current spouse is pregnant with his first child. Story reads
By Lauren King
The Virginian-Pilot
© March 19, 2010
NORFOLK
A Chesapeake man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to charges of transportation of child pornography and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Neal Assad Sabra, 45, will be sentenced June 18, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Sabra was charged after he e-mailed an undercover officer, sending several child pornography images, the news release said, quoting court documents. On Jan. 21, agents searched his home and workplace and seized computers and electronic media. Forensic analysts determined he had more than 300 images and more than 50 videos of child pornography in the electronic media seized.
Sabra faces five to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the two child pornography counts and a maximum of 10 years in prison for the firearm possession count, the news release said.
I wanted to report, b/c he has been around my children and I know from a party he invited me and my family too in 2006 in Somerset (4th of July) he has been around many children and I think the public has a right to know so that anyone who may be a victim can come forward. This is not the man I knew and I am grossly in shock to find this out, by accident tonight while checking the news on my Iphone. I have contacted the US attorney to inquire as to if any of the images are of my children. I recommend others do the same.
Steph

Taunton, MA

#2 Mar 26, 2010
Thank you for reporting this to B/C. We tried alerting his boss a few months ago about Neal's prior conviction but he didn't want to hear about it. We found it odd that he was allowed to work with a childrens rehabilitation group. I pray that your children are not among the photos.
Chris

Springfield, MO

#3 Mar 26, 2010
Steph,
Thank you for your kind words. I actually spoke with ICE officer that served warrants against him last night for over an hour. We spoke about many things. I have been friends w/Neal since he came to my ship in 2001...shortly before his wife left him. He told everyone it was b/c of compromising images of him and an ex w/his best friend shortly preceding his marriage. I wish I had known why she left...way back then. We were really close...and to know that someone like that can be so manipulative, so charismatic....its just disgusting. 8 years....all a lie...even the stint he did at the brig...he told me it for a pic of a 17yr old chic...of course after talking w/ICE officer, I know more...and I know the truth. I am still working to get this out into the wide open...his family is asking people to support him at sentencing....don't know why. They feel they know the "real neal"...its obvious who he really is. His initial offense (which eh did timein the brig )was prosecuted by the military...although he was a registered sex offender, he was not monitored and since it wasn't prosecuted by federal prosecutors...he was allowed to have a computer. We need to change the UCMJ and get the Military to address this. They allowed this to happen again as far as I am concerned.
Anonymous in Swansea

Providence, RI

#4 Mar 27, 2010
His family needs to stop protecting the "real Neal" and protect THE CHILDREN!!!! Real Neal is a danger to children. Very dangerous person. I knew it! Neal is a con. I had a feeling he told everyone an entirely different story as to why he went away the first time. They should never let this man out. We MySpaced everyone on his friend list back when he went in the first time. there were even a few people that could not and would not believe it. I now know he worked a story. So sad. I do feel bad for the people that thought they knew him. We know the feeling. Thank you for spreading the word. We all need to protect the innocent children that are the victims in this and Neal needs to stop portraying himself as the victim.
Steph

Taunton, MA

#5 Mar 27, 2010
Chris, I completely agree with you. I wish I would have had a contact to let everyone know back then why I left, but unfortunately I did not. I did let some of his friends know in VA so that they could protect their children. To be honest most would not believe it. Neal can be very convincing. I would be interested in speaking with the ICE officer. Do you have an email address that I can contact privately. As far as I'm concerned anyone that can support this man is as sick as he is. Thanks
Steph

Taunton, MA

#6 Apr 4, 2010
Chris (Woody), I am really proud of all that you have done, it really takes a big person to do what you have done. Especially when the person is your friend that you believed in. Trust me, I completely understand and sympathize with everything you feel. I have no hard feelings. I truly understand. Don't forget I know how charming Neal can be. That is why he is so dangerous. I understand if you don't want to talk to me. But I truly am not angry with you. Thanks again Steph
Steph

Taunton, MA

#7 Apr 4, 2010
Chris, I really want you to keep up the good work. Protect the children. I applaud you! Thanks, Steph
Steph

Taunton, MA

#8 Apr 4, 2010
By the way there were never pics of 17 year old girls only 5 - 6 year old girls.
Chris

Springfield, MO

#9 Apr 4, 2010
Thanks Steph...I have no problem talking w/u. Email me at [email protected] and I'll send u info for the ICE officer
Brad

Virginia Beach, VA

#10 Jun 7, 2010
He used to work in a nonprofit group called Recovery for the City in the Tidewater Area.
Voice of the Victims

Springfield, MO

#11 Jun 15, 2010
Neal will be sentenced on June 18th, 2010 in Norfolk Federal Court for pleading guilty to two counts of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Show your support for the victims by writing to District Court Judge Rebecca Beach Smith or by writing the prosecutor, Assistant United States District Attorney Melissa E. O’Boyle. Send letters supporting maximum sentence to the following address for these repeated offenses;
Walter E. Hoffman
United States Courthouse
600 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Voice of the Victims

United States

#12 Jun 18, 2010
22 YEARS!!!!!!!! That's what we call Justice. Special thanks to US District Attorney Neil McBride and Judge Rebecca Smith
Beverly

Suffolk, VA

#14 Jun 21, 2010
Brad wrote:
He used to work in a nonprofit group called Recovery for the City in the Tidewater Area.
I worked with Neal in the Recovery For The City program. I too was deceived by him. As Christians we welcomed everyone with open arms. Neal definitely tricked all of us. I never knew what he did when he first served time. I wish I had. My family and friends befriended him. I am so thankful to God that Neal was never alone around my son or any of my friends' children. I am sick to my stomach to find out what he was doing. My heart breaks for his wife. She is moving back home with her family. And I don't blame her. I would get as far away from him as possible.
Anonymous in Swansea

Providence, RI

#15 Jun 22, 2010
Beverly - we think it is very unfortunate that you did not know about the first conviction. My brother-in-law let the doctor running the program know about his conviction, we were afraid he was working with children. We were assured he was not. Your boss should have told you!!!! He knew! You should especially have been told since you have children. That kills me!! My sister too was married to this man. She had a small daughter from a previous relationship. So she can empathize with Neal's wife but on the other hand...she knew too. We told her as well a few years ago. That shows you how deceitful and cunning this man is. But...water under the bridge. My family and I can sleep at night knowing he's gone for a long time. We will never feel bad for him. Peace - Stacy
Chris

Springfield, MO

#17 Jun 22, 2010
Beverly,
I am sure you were deceived by Neal. He is wonderful at deceiving and manipulating. I wrote Judge Smith a nice long letter informing her of exactly that along with all the history to go along with it. I like to think it made a difference. Dr. hardy was informed by many of Neal's prior conviction. My question is this, how could he serve as a Director of Development? What credentials did he have to hold that position? Why is he still listed as a point of contact on so many R4CI links/sites? Why hasn't R4CI removed his pictures from their benefits on their website? Why does Dr. hardy still list him as a friend on his Facebook site? Was he literally serving as a Sex Therapist as the media claims?
Stacy

Bristol, RI

#18 Jun 23, 2010
They keep removing my post of the news article from ICE...oops, must not be legal for me to do that. My bad. This message is for Chris...remember me? You and I had some fighting words some years back...I'm the crazy ex-sister in law...LOL. It's all good. I understood - he manipulated you. I too know how good he is. I knew sooner or later he would reveal his true self to you. What I want to say is this...You are my hero! You are a hero to children like my niece. When I wrote you those words back then it was my love for her and my sister. Writing that letter to the court made a world of difference, I'm sure. Hearing from one of Neal's close, personal friends or ex friend rather meant revealing how easily he moved in upstanding circles. I hope writing it gave you some peace, I know we are now at peace that justice, real justice was finally served. I hope this finds you and your family well. Thank you from the McGough family!!!
Beverly

Suffolk, VA

#19 Jun 23, 2010
Chris wrote:
Beverly,
I am sure you were deceived by Neal. He is wonderful at deceiving and manipulating. I wrote Judge Smith a nice long letter informing her of exactly that along with all the history to go along with it. I like to think it made a difference. Dr. hardy was informed by many of Neal's prior conviction. My question is this, how could he serve as a Director of Development? What credentials did he have to hold that position? Why is he still listed as a point of contact on so many R4CI links/sites? Why hasn't R4CI removed his pictures from their benefits on their website? Why does Dr. hardy still list him as a friend on his Facebook site? Was he literally serving as a Sex Therapist as the media claims?
I cannot speak for Dr. Hardy or what is on the website. I have not been involved in the program for more than a year, due to moving away from Virginia Beach. But, I will tell you this, that program changed my life for the better and helped hundreds of others. Unfortunately, I believe Dr. Hardy was deceived just as much as everyone else by Neal. Everyone who served in the ministry did so as a volunteer. In my case, I wanted to help other women who had suffered from abuse, low self esteem and co-dependency issues. I helped lead a group for that. None of us are licensed therapists and it states that in the guidelines. We are simply Christians trying to help others. I know that all of us thought Neal was a changed man, including Dr. Hardy. Unfortunately, it is obvious that Neal took advantage of many kind hearted people. But, as you can see, God shined the light on his dark secrets. All I know about Neal's role in the Recovery ministry is that he did help lead a small group for men's sex addiction. Obviously, his own personal recovery was a big phasade. But, I do not blame Dr. Hardy or anyone else associated with the program.
Stacy

Providence, RI

#20 Jun 24, 2010
Beverly is right. He probably did tell Dr. Hardy the same tales he told most. It was the ex that framed him to make him look worse than it was, or it was some pictures of a 17 year old (as if anyone would go to prison for that - most get a slap when their that age) or he was caught by my sister in an inappropriate relationship with another couple - we've heard them all. I'm sure the good doctor did too. My only issue is when you have adolescent children around one should be fully investigated about their past history before working for such an organization. He worked with men, however it was also a center with which children passed thru too or this is what my impression was of Recovery for the City. What also pissed me off about Neal was his bridal registry and the Dora training seat him and his wife registered for. I was furious and called him at Recovery for the City. He said it was a joke. I was afraid his new wife had a little girl and that's why they had put it on the registery. He is so arrogant. His joke was really a way of thumbing his nose at everyone really. A convicted pedophile that registers for a Dora training seat. Ha ha.. so funny in his creepy little world. Thanks Beverly for cluing us in on how he had that job. Me and my family always wondered about that. You volunteered for all the right reasons. Neal didn't. It was another outlet for him to look like the upstanding citizen and possibly get closer to kids. Ugh! Have a great day!
Chris

Springfield, MO

#21 Jun 28, 2010
Beverly,
I commend you for the work you have done and thank you for sharing your comments. I pray that this serves as a wake up call for many organizations to ensure they are doing what is necessary not only to protect our children, but also to ensure that those carrying forth a message of hope, love, forgiveness and faith are truly the messengers we would all hope to have in our lives. Thank you for responding and please do everything you can to spread the word to those you knew. I feel Neal has more in his past that has yet to be exposed. Parents, friends, everyone needs to know. Stay safe...and God Bless you.
Chris

Springfield, MO

#22 Jun 28, 2010
Stacy,
Thank you so much for reaching out. I have spent everyday (since finding out about Neal in March) thinking about those "fighting words" we shared back in 2006. I think about how I shunned away from the truth, and yet I thought I knew the truth. I want to apologize to you and your family for being such an a$$. I am grateful that you do not harbor any ill feelings over that incident. It is truly one of those events in life that I will never forget, and I thank you for that. I think this experience has surely made me a better father, but more importantly it has struck something deeper within me. I feel compelled to take action. I know I must do something...yet, still feel like I need to spend more time praying for guidance in how to move forward. The night we found out, we cried...we thought of you and your sister and you niece as well. I will never be able to accurately convey the feelings and sorrow we felt for how we reacted to the both of you, but more importantly we questioned how we could not have listened to you. I thank you for reaching out then and surely for reaching out now. Your words offer us great comfort and knowing you can forgive us will definitely be a positive experience we take away from this ordeal. Please convey my sincerest apology to your sister and to your niece. One of you please hug that little girl and tell her I am sorry I let her down in the past. t I hope my actions in recent months to solicit support and mobilize friends,former co-workers to ensure Neal paid dearly for the crimes against children like her, will atone for my lack of judgment. I pray that parole is never an option for Neal and hope that he is afforded the full 22 years to dwell on his failures to those he loved. Fortunately for me, my failures will live with me forever and I welcome that reality. I don't feel my failures to be a burden, but rather a much needed awakening. Thanks again for everything. Stay safe, love and hold your family tight, and pray for continued success against people like Neal Assad Sabra. God Bless you and yours.

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