United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Titus J. Miller, age 27, of Lincoln, Nebraska, entered a plea of guilty today in federal court in Lincoln before United States Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart for producing child pornography. Miller admitted to the sexual exploitation of five children between August 17, and October 15, 2019. Magistrate Judge Zwart set Miller’s sentencing for October 15, 2020, at 12:00 p.m., before Senior United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf. Miller faces up to 30 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count. After release from any imprisonment, Miller would be subject to a term of supervised release of not less than five years and up to life and will also be required to register as a sex offender.
Miller was employed at Playful Painters Daycare, located in Lincoln. Miller worked at night and was a supervisor at the daycare. During the time periods of the Indictment, Miller produced videos of minor victims, with ages ranging from 4 to 6 years old, engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Miller used a cellular phone to produce the videos and transported some of the videos to a person in Alabama.
United States Attorney Kelly expressed his appreciation to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lincoln Police Department for their thorough investigation upon receiving notification of children being placed at risk of being sexually abused.
FBI Omaha Special Agent in Charge Kristi Johnson said today, “Titus Miller’s sexual abuse of 5 innocent children is an especially heinous crime. The FBI will use all its investigative strength to bring those who exploit children to justice. The FBI’s Lincoln office, together with the Lincoln Police department, worked tirelessly on the investigation which has now concluded with Miller’s guilty plea.”
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 United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (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.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lincoln Police Department.