A neighbour described the accused as an “easygoing” and likeable person and said he was investigated after the girl told a school counsellor about what had supposedly been going on.
The neighbour said: “He seemed so friendly, you know what I’m saying. He helped my fiance mow grass, he’d help him weed eat around the yard.”
Another woman who lives in the neighbourhood said she would often see Nealy walk with his victim up and down the road to go to school.
She said: “They’ve got toys outside and everything in the backyard.
“They’ve got bikes and all kinds of stuff out there but you don’t never see them come outside any day of the week.”
Court records show that Nealy has been charged with five felony counts, including rape of a child by an adult, human trafficking of a child victim, a statutory sex offence with child by an adult, sexual servitude of a child victim, and child abuse.
Nealy appeared by video in court on Monday and attempted to ask Cleveland County District Court Judge Meredith Shuford for a bond reduction, but the judge denied his request.
The accused is being held in the Cleveland County Jail with a $500,000 (£426,000) bond on his head.
He is due back in court on Thursday, October 29.