PEORIA, Ill. – U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid today sentenced a Pekin, Ill., woman, Rachel Miller, 29, of the 1400 block of Summit Dr., to serve 30 years in federal prison for sexual exploitation of a child. In addition, Judge Shadid ordered that Miller remain on lifetime supervised release upon completion of her prison sentence and register as a sex offender.
Immediately prior to today’s hearing, Miller pleaded guilty to using a cell phone, in March 2019, to capture a video of herself engaging in sexual activity with a prepubescent male. This video was later distributed to the internet.
In a separate but related case, Miller’s boyfriend, Sebastian Sale, 30, is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 26, 2021. Sale pleaded guilty on April 8, 2021, to one count of sexual exploitation of a child.
Both Miller and Sale have remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since their arrests in March 2020.
The charges are the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the Washington, Ill., Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul B. Morris represents the government in the prosecutions.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a Department of Justice initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.