A convicted Oklahoma sex offender serving time in McAlester now faces new charges of child molestation.
Gregory Paul McNeal, 35, is currently serving 5 years of a 25 year sentence, with 20 years suspended, for a 2008 lewd molestation conviction. In that case, McNeal pleaded guilty to performing oral sex on a toddler while changing his diaper. Media reports say McNeal acknowledge having a problem and expressed shame at "being that kind of person." Now, new allegations accuse McNeal of molesting a relative in 2007 and 2008, when the boy would have been 7 or 8 years old. He is accused of performing oral sex on the boy and then forcing him to reciprocate.
In January, a child crisis detective from Tulsa attempted to interview McNeal at the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center about the new allegations. McNeal invoked his right to an attorney during the interview.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Offender Lookup website, Gregory Paul McNeal was received at the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester on December 4, 2008, to serve 5 years of his sentence. He is scheduled for a parole hearing in December 2013. After the completion of his 5-year incarceration, McNeal was sentenced to 20 years of probation, to be served until November 9, 2033.
Because of his conviction of lewd molestation, he is required to register as an Oklahoma Sex Offender.
As part of The Writers' Blok, the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center creative writing class, Gregory McNeal was featured in a 2010 Department of Corrections Newsletter. In "The Decision," McNeal writes how incarceration makes a task as simple as getting out of bed in the morning a deliberate and sometimes difficult choice:
Again? Should I decide to do it again? There have been times that answering yes to that question has left me in such misery! Yet, I've made that choice thousands of times it seems, and the results have been amazing or, at the very least, uneventful. I know I should decide something. I am torn. To decide against it has its own ripple effect in the pond of my existence, the results of which can cause me as much grief as not. Oh, well, why not? Am I a coward? Sometimes maybe I am, not today. So, I will do it! I will open my eyes and get out of bed.
Class instructor Ruth Askew Brelsford reflected on teaching the prisoners in her creative writing class: "What have I learned at Jackie Brannon Correctional Center? I have learned that these men get out of prison. They can come out and try to start a new life. Or they can come out and finish their old one. It depends on them. And us."
For inmates such as Gregory Paul McNeal, accused of a second crime before completing his sentence for the first, it seems as if that new life, or the resumption of the old one, may be put on hold a while longer.
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