Victoria Man Convicted of Sexual Exploitation of a Child
VICTORIA, Texas – Mathew Kelly Millegan, 31, of Victoria, has pleaded guilty to production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
Millegan came to the attention of law enforcement after authorities had learned of the sexual assault of two children. The children were identified and confirmed the abuse. Millegan was identified as the perpetrator and admitted to sexual assaulting the two children and taking sexual explicit photographs of the incident.
Authorities executed a search warrant at Millegan’s residence and seized several electronic media storage devices. Forensic examination led to the discovery of several photographs of the children involved in sexual explicit conduct.
Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey accepted the guilty plea today and set sentencing for Nov. 2, 2015. At that time, Millegan faces a minimum of 15 and up to 30 years in federal prison as well as possible $250,000 fine. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Millegan also faces a maximum of life on supervised release during which time the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect and prohibit the use of the Internet.
Millegan was arrested on the federal charges in June 2015 and has been in custody since that time where he will remain pending his sentencing hearing.
Homeland Security Investigations and the Victoria County Sherriff’s Office investigated with the assistance of the Corpus Christi Police Department - Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugo R. Martinez, 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 individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."