Fairview Heights man sentenced to 35 years for producing child porn

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 8:33 AM

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A Fairview Heights man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to producing child pornography.

Andrew Gerald Millas, 43, was sentenced in federal court on Monday. Following his sentence, Millas will be on federal supervised release for the rest of his life and will also be required to register as a sex offender.

“This sentence should be a stark, but fair, reminder to those who prey on children. The eyes of law enforcement will find you and I will use every means to put you in prison,” United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton stated.

A probable cause statement filed at the time of Millas’ guilty plea revealed that, in December 2011, detectives of the Boise, Idaho Police Department engaged Millas in online chats after they became concerned with his posts on a website that offered child pornography for distribution.

Millas sent the undercover officers still images of child pornography that he had manufactured and also broadcast a live sex act with a minor to them via a webcam.

The Boise Police Department quickly forwarded the investigative lead to the Fairview Heights Police Department and Millas was promptly arrested.

Computers seized from Millas’ home by the FBI revealed a multitude of digital evidence against Millas, including 14,560 media files, over 900,000 images and 21,232 recovered image files. Among the files were movies depicting Millas having sexual relations with a 16-year-old child and other movies depicting minors engaging in sexual conduct. 

The images will now go to Washington D.C.

Parts will be covered to protect the victim’s privacy, but experts plan to use them to uncover the encrypted data to find out those who either received them or sent them.

“One of the key components to these types of cases is tracking down those other producers of child rape," said Wigginton. "We hope we can identify other victims, we hope we can rescue those boys and girls.”

Millas was arrested on December 30th, 2011.

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