Montgomery, Alabama – On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Christopher Dean Miers, a 33-year-old former United States Marine Corps recruiter from Missouri, was sentenced to 84 months in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges, announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr. Miers was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence. There is no parole in the federal system.
According to court documents, from about February 2019, until April 2019, while living on Fort Rucker, Miers was utilizing the internet to access peer-to-peer file sharing networks in order to receive and distribute child pornography. On May 1, 2019, law enforcement obtained a search warrant and found illegal content on his computer, including at least 197 images and 248 videos depicting child porn. Among them were pictures of prepubescent children, as well as sadistic and masochistic images.
On January 15, 2020, Miers was indicted by a federal grand jury for distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography. He was arrested the following day and has remained in custody since. He pleaded guilty to all three charges on March 23, 2020.
The United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) Major Cybercrime Unit (MCU) investigated this case, with assistance from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Assistant United States Attorney Hollie Reed prosecuted the case.