"Child predators seek out and victimize those that are the most innocent and vulnerable - children,” U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona said in a statement released by the Department of Justice. “The sentences imposed today and yesterday in local child exploitation cases reflect the commitment of law enforcement in this district to prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law those who commit crimes against children.”
“The crimes for which Miller has admitted guilt are not only disturbing, they are sickening, and his actions robbed these children of their childhood,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr said. “I am proud of the work of the FBI on this case, and I applaud the sentence handed down today, as Miller will spend the rest of his natural life behind prison bars.”
32-year-old Matthew Miller of Tuscaloosa, Alabama pleaded guilty in October 2019 to charges of producing child pornography. According to the DOJ statement, Miller had been charged with "a 20-count indictment for enticing two children under the age of 5 to engage in sexual explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual production of such conduct."
Miller had remained in custody since his arrest in February 2019 after allegations of child sexual abuse were reported. He was initially charged at the state level with two counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of third-degree domestic violence.
On Thursday, October 1, Chief U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler sentenced Miller to 7,200 months in federal prison.