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Hastings officer arrested on child porn charges, allegedly searched while on duty

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Rosemount, 55024

Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

New information released by the Wisconsin Department of Justice revealed that the Hastings police officer accused of possessing child pornography Tuesday, allegedly searched for child porn while on duty.

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Anthony Miller, an 11-year veteran of the Hastings Department officer was arrested at his home in New Richmond for possession of child pornography and for the sexual exploitation of a child, according to a DOJ press release.

Miller was booked into St. Croix County jail but was released Wednesday on $30,000 bond. He was scheduled for an initial court appearance in St. Croix County Court at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18.

He was arrested by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Unit of the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The New Richmond Police Department assisted in the arrest along with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Miller has been an officer in Hastings since 1997 and has been placed on paid administrative leave.

According to a press release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Miller allegedly admitted to agents from the DOJ's Division of Criminal Investigation that he downloaded, possessed and traded or distributed child pornography for approximately the past two years.

DOJ officials say Miller also admitted he used his personal laptop on duty as to obtain wireless Internet access via unencrypted wireless signals from random locations throughout the Hastings area.

Miller allegedly confirmed he participated in an online file sharing program where he would chat with other individuals involved in possessing child pornography, according to DCI officials.

Miller told investigators he would trade images of child pornography with these subjects via this file sharing program.

Agents were also allegedly told by Miller he would search the Internet for child pornography by using specific search terms. The officer estimated the age of the victims exposed in his child pornography images was typically between ages 9 - 15.

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