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Soldier Charged with Child Porn for Photo of Relative

January 19, 2010

Chester County Daily Local News(Illinois): Soldier’s family says pictures aren’t porn.

The family of an Illinois National Guard soldier said Friday that he’s been charged with possession of child pornography in Afghanistan over innocent snapshots of a 4-year-old relative in a swimsuit.

Army spokesman Lt. Mary J. Pekas declined to discuss details of the case or evidence against Miller. She said the charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

“Spec. M__ is currently on active duty and assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 82nd Airborne Division, pending the conclusion of the investigation and any potential legal proceedings,” the Army’s media center in Bagram, Afghanistan, said in a brief, unsigned e-mail statement. The Army won’t discuss the case with the family. But the soldier’s father said his son has told him the charges stem from a handful of photos of the girl that the soldier’s mother e-mailed to ease his homesickness.

The pictures show the girl in a swimsuit playing in a pool and sitting on B M___’s pickup truck, according to the family. A small portion of one of the girl’s buttocks is visible in one, his father said.

The M___ family say their son became close to the little girl after she was diagnosed with a serious illness while her own father was away for military training. The pictures were taken by the family.

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