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Reading Man Sentenced to 19+ Years for Stockpile of Child Pornography

By Dept. of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern Dist. of PA

Aug 14, 2020

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that James Millette, 33, of Reading, PA, was sentenced to 235 months (over 19 years) in prison and lifetime supervised release by United States District Judge Joseph F. Leeson, Jr., for multiple child pornography charges. The defendant was also ordered to pay a total of $66,000 in restitution to the various victims depicted in these images.

In February 2020, Millette pleaded guilty to charges of possession and receipt of child pornography. The charges stem from the defendant’s February 7, 2019 arrest at his apartment, during which he was found to be in possession of an enormous collection of child pornography, including images depicting prepubescent minors. In total, more than 200,000 images and videos depicting child pornography were recovered from various electronic devices found in the defendant’s possession.

“The amount of child pornography seized in this case is stunning,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “Millette is a depraved hoarder of these illegal images – every one of which was made at the expense of an innocent child, whose life will never be the same. Protecting children by prosecuting criminals like Millette is a top priority of my Office.”

“James Millette couldn’t get enough of these abhorrent images of young children being sexually abused,” said Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “Consumers of child pornography like him perpetuate the exploitation of child victims, something the FBI simply won’t abide. May this lengthy prison sentence be a warning to others involved with such repulsive material. Our Child Exploitation Task Force could soon be knocking at your door.”      

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Newcomer.

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