S. Jersey sex offender charged with sending porn images to kids

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Sherman Miller, of Atlantic City, arrested on child-porn charges.

An Atlantic City man was indicted last week for sending photos of his genitals to children in eight states and causing one child to send pornographic images back, authorities announced Tuesday.

Prosecutors allege that Sherman Miller, 49, a registered sex offender in New Jersey, transmitted the photos of himself to eight victims, who ranged in age from 9 to 14 years old, then sent the victims a video of himself masturbating, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton said in a statement.

Prosecutors further allege that Miller induced one victim to send pornographic images back. 

According to the New Jersey State Police sex-offender registry, Miller was convicted in January 1995 of aggravated sexual assault in Cape May County. Public records indicate that Miller had previously lived in Wildwood, in Cape May County. 

Miller was arrested early last year after an investigation by law enforcement in Texas and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit, who alleged that he sent pornographic images of himself from New Jersey to a juvenile victim in Texas. He was arrested at his Atlantic City home in February, and charged at that time with endangering the welfare of a child under the age of 14, obscenity, failing to register as a sex offender and failure to notify police of a change of address. 

While Miller remained in jail, prosecutors continued the investigation, identifying additional alleged victims in Michigan, Georgia, Massachusetts, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Mississippi. 

As a result, Miller now faces indictment on seven counts of endangering the welfare of a child by engaging in sexual conduct and one count each of endangering the welfare of a child by causing the child to engage in pornography, possession or viewing of a pornographic image, failure to register as a sex offender, failure to notify police of a change of address as a registered sex offender and an obscenity charge.

The most serious of those charges, causing a child to engage in sexual conduct, is a first-degree crime that carries a potential penalty of 10 to 20 years of incarceration. The other 11 counts are third-degree crimes, which each carry a potential penalty of three to five years in prison.

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