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Trucker Sentenced to Prison for Possession Child Pornography Videos

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August 23, 2012

PITTSBURGH - A resident of West Mifflin, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 12 months and one day of imprisonment to be followed by 10 years supervised release, on his conviction of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Steven M. Miller, 49, of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, in May 2007, Miller possessed approximately 78 videos, in computer graphics files, depicting the sexual exploitation of minor boys, some of whom had not attained the age of 12 years. The videos included those involving sexual intercourse. The videos were maintained on a laptop computer and external hard drive that Miller carried with him while employed as an interstate, long-haul trucker.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Miller.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justicej.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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