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Former Greeneville officer pleads guilty in child porn case

November 5th, 2013 10:00 pm by Matthew Lane

Former Greeneville officer pleads guilty in child porn case

GREENEVILLE — A former Greeneville police officer, who downloaded images of nude, prepubescent girls on his patrol car laptop while on duty, has agreed to plead guilty to a federal child pornography charge.

Herbert Eugene Miller was indicted in U.S. District Court in Greeneville in August on two counts — receipt and possession of child pornography. Miller agreed to plead guilty to the possession charge last month and is scheduled to be sentenced in February.

Miller, who was an auxiliary officer with the Greeneville Police Department at the time of the incident, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to court records, in August of this year, a patrol officer with the GPD alerted his shift supervisor of several web browser search history entries indicating child pornography.

A forensic review of the computer’s hard drive showed the searches used such terms as “fifth grade girls” and “naked middle school girls.” Thousands of pornographic images were found on the hard drive, including more than 80 images of child pornography.

Investigators discovered the hard drive had one day of saved web browser searches  —  July 25,  but they found that the computer’s date was inaccurate,  roughly 60 hours behind the actual day and time.

In the federal complaint, FBI Special Agent Bianca Pearson wrote that while a computer’s date and time can be manipulated to mask when documents are created or other activity, Internet access logs cannot be manipulated.

Instead of the Internet being accessed on July 25, it was actually accessed on July 27 and the child pornography searches conducted. Miller was driving patrol car 7 at the time, GPD records show.

Pearson further wrote in the complaint, calls for service on July 27 put Miller on a call from 1:47 a.m. until 2:18 a.m. and there was a gap of Internet access for the computer in patrol car 7 during that time.

According to the complaint, the downloaded images show naked prepubescent girls with their private areas exposed and involved in sexual activity with an adult male. 


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