Elk Grove Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography
SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Alexander Jordan Miller, 21, of Elk Grove, pleaded guilty today to producing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, in 2015, Miller, under various pseudonyms, used social media and a smartphone messaging application to persuade minor victims to take and then provide to him nude photos of themselves engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In each instance, after Miller obtained one or more nude photos of the victim, Miller demanded that the victim provide additional, and increasingly graphic, nude videos and photos. Miller told each victim that if she did not provide more nude videos or photos, he would send the victim’s friends and family the nude photos that the victim provided previously, or he threatened to post the victim’s nude photos on the internet. As part of this extortion scheme, Miller used at least 12 minor victims to produce child pornography. One of the victims was 11 years old at the time of the offense.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Brian A. Fogerty is prosecuting the case.
Miller is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge John A. Mendez on January 9, 2018. Miller faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, and a maximum statutory sentence of 30 years in prison. The maximum fine that the court may impose is $250,000. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
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 those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about nternet safety education.