ATLANTIC CITY – Authorities arrested an Atlantic City man yesterday morning for endangering the welfare of a child in Texas by transmitting pornographic images and videos to the child via a cellular phone, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
A three-month investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, and the Arlington Texas Police Department resulted in the arrest yesterday morning of Sherman Miller, 48, of Oceanic Terrace, Atlantic City.
Miller was arrested at his home without incident by members of the Prosecutor’s Office, FBI, ICE, and the Atlantic City Police Department. Miller was processed for the arrest and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $50,000 full cash bail set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Patricia M. Wild.
Miller was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Obscenity by Promoting Obscene Material to a Person Under 18, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Every 90 Days, and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Upon a Change of Address—all 3rd degree crimes carrying a potential penalty of 3-5 years of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison.
The State alleges that Miller transmitted pornographic images and videos, and a video of himself masturbating, to a child under the age of 14, and failed to re-register as a convicted sex offender under the terms of Megan’s Law.
Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Unit Detective Christopher Hallett led the investigation with the assistance of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF).
The FBI’s CETF is staffed by members of federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies with the goals of identifying and prosecuting those involved in the sex trafficking of minors, and recovering minor victims to ensure their safety and provide them access to the services they need.
Anyone with information regarding the exploitation of children for child prostitution in Atlantic County is asked to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Task Force at 1-800-CALL FBI (1-800-225-5324), or the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 909-7800.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.