Rodney Royce Miller Pleads Guilty In U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on May 7, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, RODNEY ROYCE MILLER, a 60-year-old resident of Kalispell, pled guilty to accessing with the intent to view child pornography. Sentencing has been set for September 12, 2013. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee L. Peterson, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On September 21, 2012, a federal probation officer made contact with MILLER in MILLER's van in Flathead County. The probation officer observed MILLER looking at images of child pornography on his notebook computer.
Detectives from the Flathead County Sheriff's Office subsequently obtained a search warrant for the notebook computer. When interviewed, MILLER admitted he used the computer to view child pornography on the Internet.
When the notebook was forensically examined Image files, which included cache and non-cache files depicting child pornography, were located. The examiner also located cache records which were indicative of a user seeking child pornography.
MILLER faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years, a $250,000 fine, and lifetime supervision.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Flathead County Sheriff's Office, the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the U.S. Probation, and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.