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Former Greeneville officer sentenced in child porn case

February 10th, 2014 7:52 pm by Matthew Lane

Former Greeneville officer sentenced 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 been sentenced to 39 months in prison for his crimes.

 Herbert Eugene Miller was indicted in U.S. District Court in Greeneville in August on two counts — receipt and possession of child pornography. In November, Miller agreed to plead guilty to the possession charge and appeared before Judge Ronnie Greer on Monday for sentencing.

Greer sentenced Miller to 39 months in prison (with credit for approximately six months of time served) and to be on supervised release for 10 years afterward. Miller, who was an auxiliary officer with the Greeneville Police Department at the time of the incident, faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

In August 2013, 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.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Tuesday’s print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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