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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Ohio

Friday, July 25, 2014

Former Police Officer Sentenced To Serve 121 Months In Prison For Receiving Child Pornography

CONTACT: Fred Alverson
Public Affairs Officer

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Stewart Alan Miller, 48, of Columbus, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 121 months imprisonment for obtaining and receiving thousands of images and videos of child pornography via the internet and peer-to-peer file-sharing programs from approximately June 2003 through July 2013.

Carter M. Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Kevin R. Cornelius, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley.

Miller pleaded guilty on December 17, 2013 to one count of receipt of child pornography. According to testimony provided by the government during the plea hearing, the FBI began investigating Miller, who was a Columbus Police officer at the time, in October 2013 after receiving a tip. They obtained and executed search warrants at Miller’s residence at the time and a storage facility he rented, recovering various computers and digital media.

A forensic examination of two external drives located in the crawl space above Miller’s bathroom revealed the presence of images and videos of child pornography.  The images dated back to 2002. The children in the videos ranged in age from toddler to teenager. The file paths of some of the images indicated that they were originally downloaded via a peer-to-peer file-sharing network.  Images and videos of child pornography were also located on a laptop computer seized from the basement of the residence.  Additional images of child pornography were recovered from several CDs seized from the storage facility rented by Miller.

“The fact that the defendant was a sworn law enforcement officer at the time he committed this offense actually exacerbates the seriousness of it, as he was violating his duty to protect the public by committing the offense,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Hill told the court prior to sentencing.

Miller was also fined $17,500, ordered to pay restitution of $7,500, and sentenced to remain under court supervision for five years after he completes his prison sentence. During that time, he will be required to register as a sex offender anywhere that he lives, works or goes to school.  He must also allow the court to install monitoring software on any computer he owns, uses or has access to that is connected to the internet.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorney's Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children as well as to identify and rescue victims.

U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the investigation by the FBI Columbus Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes officers from the Westerville Police Department, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Hill, who prosecuted the case.

Updated July 23, 2015