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Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Child

May 20, 2014

PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh resident has been sentenced in federal court to 144 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release, on his conviction of sex trafficking of a child, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose imposed the sentence on William Miller, 37.

The superseding indictment in the case charged that from in and around December of 2011, to on or about Feb. 10, 2012, Miller knowingly recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided and obtained a homeless, 15-year-old minor, Jane Doe, to engage in a commercial sex acts and produced visual depictions of the minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Miller was arrested when he drove and accompanied the minor to a date with an undercover City of Pittsburgh Police Detective at the Quality Inn Hotel in Oakland. At sentencing, Judge Ambrose stated that the 12-year sentence should be a “general deterrent but also a personal deterrent to Mr. Miller.”

Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the City of Pittsburgh Police Department 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

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