U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Pennsylvania
May 8, 2015

New Castle Man Sentenced to More Than 27 Years in Federal Prison for Producing Videos Showing Abuse of Girl

PITTSBURGH—A former resident of New Castle, Pa., was sentenced in federal court to 327 months’ imprisonment, followed by lifetime supervised release, on his conviction of production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on Donald A. Miller, 43, of New Castle, Pa.

According to information presented to the court at the Oct. 22, 2014, guilty plea hearing and at the sentencing, Miller, on Dec. 22, 2013, used and coerced an eight-year-old victim to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing videos depicting her sexual exploitation. The child victim was identified and Miller arrested after the sexual videos depicting her abuse were discovered on a used Samsung Galaxy Tablet that Miller sold to a New Castle resident at a flea market in Ohio the day before Christmas 2013. The resident immediately notified the New Castle Police Department when she happened upon the videos depicting Miller and the child stored in the Galaxy’s memory. The witness was able to identify Miller as the perpetrator and the individual who sold her the electronic device.

Miller is scheduled to be sentenced in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, during the week of May 18, 2015, for child rape and other offenses related to the sexual contact with the eight-year-old victim.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the New Castle Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Miller.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. 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.

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