Federal Jury Convicts Sioux City Man on Child Pornography Charges
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 04, 2009|
United States Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth announced today that a man who downloaded and possessed videos of child pornography was convicted by a jury on November 3, 2009, after a two-day trial in federal court in Sioux City.
LANCE MILLER, age 25, from Sioux City, was convicted of one count of receiving child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography. The verdict was returned yesterday afternoon following about one hour of jury deliberations.
The evidence at trial showed that, in October 2007, MILLER’s ex-girlfriend discovered child pornography on her computer. The Sioux City Police Department was called, and the computer was seized. Police also seized a computer from MILLER’s parents’ house. A forensic examination of both computers revealed they contained child pornography downloaded from the Internet.
Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. MILLER was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the verdict was returned and will remain in custody pending sentencing. On the receipt count, MILLER faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and a term of supervised release of 5 years to life following any imprisonment. On each possession count, MILLER faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and a term of supervised release of 5 years to life following any imprisonment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Sioux City Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
This case 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 United States Attorneys’ 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 via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.