CHESTER MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OFFENSES
A Chester, Ill.-, man was sentenced today to nearly 24 years in federal prison as a result of his convictions for Distribution, Receipt, and Possession of Child Pornography. These convictions resulted from a jury trial, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Andrew Floyd Miller, 46, was further placed on a lifetime term of supervised release following his imprisonment, and given a $500 special assessment.
“One of my most solemn duties is the protection of our children. In this duty, I will not fail.” noted United States Attorney Wigginton.
The facts of the case, as revealed at Miller’s trial, were that On January 21, 2009, Department of Homeland Security Task Force Investigator Tom Berola was searching peer to peer programs on the internet for people in Illinois who may be offering to distribute child pornography. He found that an Internet Protocol address was offering several child pornography videos for distribution. Berola downloaded approximately 14 child pornography videos that day from this IP address. Berola then learned that the IP address was registered to Andrew Miller in Chester, Illinois.
Berola and Department of Homeland Security agents executed a federal search warrant at Miller’s address in Chester. When agents entered Miller’s home, Miller and his wife were present. After reading the search warrant detailing the child pornography investigation, Miller spontaneously stated “yeah, you will probably find some of that.”
Miller’s home was in complete disarray, but agents found a significant amount of computer storage media. In total, 7 computers, 2 cell phones, 3 hard drives, and numerous CDs/DVDs were seized from the home. In total, over 85 still images and 22 video files depicting child pornography were found on the Miller’s computers.
The jury trial was held in January, 2011, and the Miller was convicted on all counts.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
United States Attorney Wigginton praised the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. USA Wigginton noted that jurors and court personnel had to bravely sift through this very offensive material in order to arrive at the proper verdict. “These cases are psychologically demanding upon everyone who has to be exposed in order to bring these offenders to justice.” USA Wigginton stated.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicole E. Gorovsky.