Former Marine pleads guilty to child porn charges

A former Marine is sentenced to 84 months in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Christopher Dean Miers, 33, was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release following completion of his prison sentence at his hearing July 14, said United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr.

According to court documents, from about February 2019 until April 2019, while living on Fort Rucker, the former Marine Corps recruiter was utilizing the internet to access peer-to-peer file sharing networks in order to receive and distribute child pornography.

Franklin said that on May 1, 2019, law enforcement obtained a search warrant and found illegal content on his computer, including at least 197 images and 248 videos depicting child porn.

Among them were pictures of prepubescent children, as well as sadistic and masochistic images, Franklin said.  

Miers was indicted by a federal grand jury for distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography on Jan. 15 of this year. He was arrested the following day and has remained in custody since. He pleaded guilty to all three charges on March 23.

The United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) Major Cybercrime Unit (MCU) investigated this case, with assistance from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Assistant United States Attorney Hollie Reed prosecuted the case.

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