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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Local Man Sentenced to 35 Years for Production of Child Pornography

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Ralph Jason Miller, 32, of Woodville, was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison after convictions for using a minor in the production of child pornography and for committing these offenses while required to register as a sex offender.  The sentence was announced today by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.  Upon Miller’s release from prison, he will be supervised by the United States Probation Office for the remainder of his life.

Miller was convicted at a jury trial held April 20-22, 2015.  During the trial, the government presented evidence that, in January, April, and July 2012, Miller caused a minor female to engage in sexual intercourse and in graphic sexual displays for the purpose of making visual depictions of these activities.  The victim was 14 and 15 at the time of these offenses.

Sheriff’s detectives discovered the child pornography when they executed a search warrant on Miller’s residence on December 4, 2013.  The search warrant was based upon reports that Miller had engaged in sexual acts with other minor females.

United States Attorney Marsh praised the work of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office for the Second Judicial Circuit, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, whose joint investigation led to this successful prosecution.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael T. Simpson.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  The office strives to protect and serve the citizens of the Northern District of Florida through the ethical, vigorous, and impartial enforcement of the laws of the United States, to defend the national security, to improve the safety and quality of life in our communities through the protection of civil rights, and to protect the public funds and financial assets of the United States.  To access available public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html.

 

For more information, contact:

Amy Alexander, Public Information Officer

(850) 216-3854, amy.alexander@usdoj.gov

 

Updated July 17, 2015