Local Man Convicted for Production of Child Pornography
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – A federal trial jury convicted Ralph Jason Miller, 32, of Woodville, Florida, of three charges of using a minor in the production of child pornography and one charge of committing these offenses while required to register as a sex offender under the laws of the State of Florida and the United States. The verdict was announced today by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
At trial, the government presented evidence that, on three occasions, in January, April and July 2012, Miller caused a minor to engage in sexual intercourse and in graphic sexual displays for the purpose of making visual depictions of these activities. Sheriff’s detectives discovered these images when they executed a search warrant on Miller’s residence on December 4, 2013. Miller was required to register as a sex offender at the time of the production of child pornography offenses because he was convicted of sexual battery in Leon County in 2002.
United States District Judge Robert L. Hinkle presided over the jury trial. He set sentencing for July 16, 2015. Because of the prior conviction, Miller may face imprisonment for at least 25 years and a maximum of 50 years on each of the production convictions. He faces an additional term of 10 years’ imprisonment, which must be served consecutively, for being required to register at the time of those offenses.
United States Attorney Marsh praised the work of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the State Attorney’s Office for the Second Judicial Circuit, and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), whose joint investigation led to the convictions in this case. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael T. Simpson.
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