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Former auxiliary officer charged with downloading child porn

By Kyle Benjamin, kbenjamin@wcyb.com
Published On: Aug 16 2013 05:17:43 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 16 2013 04:13:16 PM CDT

Police say a Greeneville man is facing federal charges after investigators found child pornography on his station laptop.

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -

Police say a Greeneville man is facing federal charges after investigators found child pornography on his station laptop.

This is a troubling story and not a typical case as it involves someone who was dedicated to public safety.
"Our auxiliary officer [Herbert Eugene Miller] is no longer an employee of the town of Greeneville," said town administrator Todd Smith. That's because Miller was arrested on August 15 after an eleven-day investigation. He was charged with one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

According to a federal complaint, another Greeneville police officer conducting routine computer maintenance on August 4 discovered several web searches for child pornography on Miller's police laptop. "As soon as that officer found that material, he reported to his supervisor that there was suspicious material on his computer," Smith said.

Court documents say the computer in question was used in patrol car seven.

Smith says this case escalated quickly from the first discovery. "Our assistant chief Craig Fillers realized this was a significant issue. We contacted the FBI," he said. "At that point they did a thorough investigation of the material that was found on the computer and realized their investigation needed to step up."

According to the federal complaint filed on August 15 in federal court, a forensic investigation of the computer hard drive discovered thousands of explicit images and more than 80 instances of child pornography.

Further investigation was able to trace those searches back to the early morning hours of July 28, when Miller was on duty.

Smith says Miller was used by the department on an as-needed basis. "Basically [he was] a part-time police officer we hired here in the town of Greenville to help us out on a scheduling challenges that we have and special events," he said.

According to Greeneville records, Miller was hired June 1 of 2000 and was employed through yesterday.

He was being held in the Washington County, Tennessee jail as of Friday evening.