A Tuscaloosa County man has been sentenced to 600 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting two young children.
Chief U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler on Friday sentenced 32-year-old Matthew Miller to 7,200 months in prison for producing child pornography, according to a joint statement by Northern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr.
Miller was arrested in early 2019 when the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Until responded to a Cottondale home in the 13000 block of Corley Drive on a report of sexual abuse against a child. Authorities at the time said they found evidence Miller had been abusing two young children under the age of 5.
He was arrested on state charges of sodomy and child pornography and later indicted federally on 20 counts of enticing two children under the age of 5 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual production of such conduct. A search warrant was obtained for his electronic devices and the forensic examination of those devices turned up 102 pornographic images that he had produced of the children.
Miller pleaded guilty to these charges in October 2019. FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force investigated the case, along with the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Leann White prosecuted the case.
“Child predators seek out and victimize those that are the most innocent and vulnerable – children,” Escalona said. “The sentences imposed today and yesterday in local child exploitation cases reflect the commitment of law enforcement in this district to prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law those who commit crimes against children.”
“The crimes for which Miller has admitted guilt are not only disturbing, they are sickening, and his actions robbed these children of their childhood,” Sharp said. “I am proud of the work of the FBI on this case, and I applaud the sentence handed down today, as Miller will spend the rest of his natural life behind prison bars.”