The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Wayne Miller, 34, formerly of Hartland, Vermont, was charged by criminal complaint in United States District Court in Burlington, Vermont, with one count of production of child sexual abuse material (CSAM), formerly called child pornography. Miller made his initial appearance to answer the complaint in federal court on December 10, 2021. At that hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin J. Doyle ordered Miller detained and set a probable cause hearing for December 22, 2021.
According to court records and proceedings, in November 2020, Google sent a Cybertip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) after it discovered a user had attempted to send CSAM by email to another account. NCMEC forwarded the Cybertip to the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). The ICAC obtained search warrants for the two Google accounts involved in the attempted transfer. Through that investigation, the ICAC discovered additional CSAM images, some of which appeared to have been produced by Miller, and learned that Miller likely controlled both accounts. Investigators with Homeland Security Investigations obtained a federal search warrant to search Miller’s new residence in Claremont, New Hampshire. During execution of this search warrant, Miller spoke with law enforcement and confirmed that he produced CSAM that depicted him and a toddler-aged child known to him.
U.S. Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest emphasized that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. If convicted, Miller’s sentence will be determined by the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines and the impact, if any, of any mandatory minimum prison terms applicable to any count of conviction.
U.S. Attorney Kerest commended the efforts of Homeland Security Investigations and the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara A. Masterson is handling the prosecution of Miller. Miller is represented by the Federal Public Defender’s Office.
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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and Child Exploitation Obscenity Section, Criminal Division (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.justice.gov/psc.
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