|Herbert Eugene Miller|
A Tennessee law enforcement officer is facing child pornography charges after investigators discovered the man was using the computer in his police cruiser to search for lewd pictures of young girls.
According to a criminal complaint filed yesterday in U. S. District Court, a Greeneville Police Department officer discovered that the search history of the web browser for the computer in the patrol car he was assigned had been used to search for illicit images.
A forensic review of the computer hard drive turned up “image searches utilizing key words ‘fifth grade girls,’ ‘naked middle school girls,’ ‘young puffy nipples,’ and ‘hot high school girls naked’” revealing “thousands of pornographic images” on the computer’s hard drive and--of those--“eighty images of child pornography.”
Investigators were able to link the searches to Herbert Eugene Miller, an auxiliary officer with the Greeneville Police Department, who was assigned the patrol car on July 27 at the time the browser searches took place. According to FBI Agent Bianca Pearson, Miller, 44, worked an overnight shift--taking a break from his web surfing for a half hour when the part-time cop, along with two other officers in separate cars, responded to a call that had come into dispatch at 1:40 AM.
Miller, pictured in the above mug shot, was charged with two felony counts of receiving and possessing of child pornography. He was arrested yesterday and appeared before a magistrate judge who ordered him held in custody pending a federal court hearing Wednesday in Greeneville, a town 70 miles east of Knoxville.