An 11-year veteran of the Hastings, Minn., police department has been arrested on charges of possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child.
Anthony T. Miller was arrested after a search of his home by the state Department of Justice agents.
Miller admitted he participated in an online file sharing program in which he would chat with other individuals involved in possessing child pornography, would trade images of child pornography with these subjects and search the internet for child pornography by using selected, specific search terms.
Miller admitted downloading, possessing and trading and distributing child pornography for approximately the past two years.
Miller estimated the age of the victims exposed in his child pornography images were typically between 9 and 15 years of age. M
iller also admitted that he had used his personal laptop while on duty as a Hastings officer to obtain wireless internet access via unencrypted wireless signals from random locations throughout the Hastings area.
The investigation was initiated by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation into an Internet Web site.