Teacher Indicted For Possession Of Child Pornography
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN —Duane William Millar, age 59, of East Lansing, Michigan, appeared in federal court today to face charges that he possessed child pornography. The grand jury alleges in the two-count indictment that Millar possessed child pornography in an internet-based email account and that he possessed child pornography on various computers and media storage devices. If convicted of these charges, Millar faces up to twenty years in federal prison on each count.
Millar was a teacher with the Howell Public School District and resigned his position after the allegations came to light. The Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office initiated Millar’s prosecution for possession of child pornography and then referred the case for federal prosecution.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (MSP ICAC), working in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and with the cooperation of the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. The U.S. Attorney’s Office; county prosecutor’s offices; and federal, state, and local law enforcement are working closely together to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children. Individuals with information or concerns about possible child exploitation should contact local law enforcement. For more information about Project Safe Childhood in West Michigan, including resources for children and parents, visit: http://www.justice.gov/usao/miw/programs/psc.html.
The charges in an indictment are merely accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.