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19-year-old Gulfport man sentenced to prison for viewing child pornography

Federal program targets online child predators

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was developed federally in 1998 as the number of children and teenagers using the internet increased and child sexual abuse images became available electronically, authorities say.
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The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was developed federally in 1998 as the number of children and teenagers using the internet increased and child sexual abuse images became available electronically, authorities say.

A Gulfport teen has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for viewing child pornography.

FBI agents received a tip in February regarding a Gulfport IP address used to access a child pornography website, according to a Department of Justice news release.

On Feb. 8, agents visited the home connected to the IP address. Officials say Michael Alex Miller, 19, opened the door.

Miller admitted to looking at child pornography on his cell phone, and viewing or accessing multiple images of child porn, according to the release.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children confirmed that the images included known minors.

Miller was indicted on Feb. 20, and plead guilty on April 25.

Along with the sentence, District Judge Sul Ozerden has ordered Miller to pay $5,000 under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 and $3,000 under the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act of 2018, in addition to $18,000 in restitution.

Britneé Davis is McClatchy’s South Region Digital Producer. The south region includes the Sun Herald, the Telegraph, and the Ledger-Enquirer.
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