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HOUSTON, Texas — This morning, a Houston-area man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for receipt and possession of child pornography, federal prosecutors announced.

65-year-old Ocal John Miller of Seabrook, Texas, was sentenced this morning, January 8, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Alfred Bennett. Miller, according to federal prosecutors, was formerly the chief of police in Martinsville, West Virgina, and a former city councilman and mayor pro-tem for the City of Seabrook — just southeast of Houston.

In June 2016, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent multiple cybertips to the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

During the investigation, police learned Miller was using Skype to receive and distribute child pornographic images to others over the internet. He also used Dropbox and Kik Messenger to obtain and store child pornography.

On March 30, 2017, using investigative information, authorities executed a federal search warrant at Miller's Seabrook home and seized a computer, an iPhone, and several digital storage devices which, upon a forensic examination, contained more than 1,300 images and 1,000 videos containing child pornography.

Miller had previously pled guilty to the charges on October 3, 2019. Bennett sentenced Miller to 120 months on each count, to run concurrently, imposed a $50,000 fine, and a $10,000 special assessment per the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. He will also be required to pay restitution, in an amount to determined at a later date, will serve 10 years supervised release following his prison sentence, must register as a sex offender, and must comply with requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and police departments in Webster and Pearland conducted the investigation as part of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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