Thursday, September 20, 2007

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Former Elgin Police Officer Indicted for Child Pornography; Arrested by Cyber Crimes Unit

ELGIN – A Bastrop County grand jury indicted former Elgin police officer Orval Roger Miller, 46, Tuesday after he left a thumb drive containing child pornography in a police department computer. Miller was arrested by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit Wednesday evening and booked into the Bastrop County Jail.

Miller faces up to 10 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine on each of two counts of child pornography possession. Assistant Attorney General Sarah Wannarka is prosecuting the case.

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“Every time an image of child pornography is viewed, the sexual victimization of a child is repeated,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Our Cyber Crimes Unit is committed to keeping our children safe from cyber criminals. We are grateful to the Bastrop District Attorney’s Office and the Elgin Police Department for their assistance with this case.”

The Elgin Police Department referred the case to the Cyber Crimes Unit after reviewing Miller’s external media and finding an explicit video of children being sexually assaulted. The thumb drive, which also contained Miller’s resume and other personal documents, was discovered by another police officer and reported to the police chief. Prior to his police service in Elgin, Miller was employed as a community college police officer in Austin.

Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for arresting and prosecuting online child predators. In 2003, he launched the Cyber Crimes Unit, which targets online predators by assuming the identities of young teenagers in Internet chat rooms, and the Fugitive Unit, which locates convicted sex offenders who have violated the terms of their parole. Attorney General Abbott’s initiative has resulted in more than 600 arrests of such offenders. His office also has obtained convictions against more than 70 men on child pornography charges.

For more information, contact the Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252-8011 or visit the Attorney General's Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.