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Federal Jury Convicts West Virginia Inmate of Sending Obscene Matter to a Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – After a one-day trial, a federal jury convicted Darrin Alonzo Miller, 41, today of transfer of obscene material to a minor under the age of 16.

Evidence at trial proved that on June 22, 2020, Miller sent a letter through the United States mail to a 14-year-old girl while he was an inmate at the Parkersburg Correctional Center. In the letter, Miller described in graphic detail he and the minor female engaging in sexual intercourse upon his release from incarceration.

Miller is scheduled to be sentenced on September 7, 2023, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

“There can be no tolerance of predatory criminal behavior targeting children,” said United States Attorney Will Thompson. “I commend the West Virginia State Police for investigating this case and Assistant United States Attorneys Jennifer Rada Herrald and Francesca C. Rollo as well as our trial team for securing the guilty verdict.”

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over the jury trial.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative of the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s 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 those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:21-cr-261.





Updated June 13, 2023

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