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Posted on: January 18, 2023

Jury Convicts Neiva of Child Sexual Molestation

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Office of the District Attorney - Stacey J. Eads, District Attorney


Today, a Humboldt County jury found Miles Keola Neiva (39) of Fortuna guilty as charged on multiple child sexual assault charges.

In September of 2021, 13-year-old Jane Doe disclosed Neiva had been molesting her for several years.  Neiva, a firefighter, was a trusted family friend who occasionally lived with the family.   

Doe bravely testified at trial and gave impactful testimony.

Investigation led by Fortuna Police Department Detective Ryan Richardson uncovered evidence, including suspected child pornography, that corroborated Doe and tended to prove Neiva’s sexual interest in children.  The Child Abuse Services Team (“C.A.S.T.”), and the Northern California Computer Crimes Task Force (NC3TF) further supported the investigation into Neiva’s crimes.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Whitney Timm with assistance from District Attorney Investigator Ryan Hill and Victim Witness Advocate Keosha Chambers.  

Judge Greg Elvine-Kreis presided over the trial and is scheduled to sentence Neiva on February 15.  Neiva faces up to 23 years to life in prison.  Zack Curtis represented the defendant. 

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