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Springettsbury man charged with child sex abuse

John Joyce
  • Police: Springettsbury Township man possessed and viewed videos of child sex abuse.
  • The man allegedly had several videos showing child sexual assaults.

Investigators with the Northern York County Regional Police Department were able to trace several foreign-based videos of adults engaging in sexual acts with underage female victims to computers and hard drives based out of a home in Springettsbury Township, according to charging documents.

Police have charged a 14-year-old Pennsylvania boy with driving drunk while his father, who was even more intoxicated, was a passenger.

Robert Miller III, 33, of 3400 Eastern Blvd., is charged with five counts of sexual abuse of children and criminal use of communications terminal. Miller also is charged with one count of possession of an instrument of crime.

According to the charging documents, detectives learned in August 2015 that someone at Miller's residence was actively viewing child pornography inside the residence using a secure server network. Further investigation showed the user viewed numerous videos and images of child pornography that originated outside the United States, the documents said.

The detectives subpoenaed Comcast Communications to obtain the identity of the subscriber the computer's IP address traced back to, and, when detectives went to the person's home and interviewed the residents, Miller was determined to have been the person viewing the pornographic images, the documents said.

Between October 2015 and May of this year, a certified computer forensic examiner inspected laptops, desktops, optical and flash media and loose internal hard drives seized from Miller's home and found at least five videos ranging in time from 6 to 19 seconds depicting adult males engaging in sexual acts with underage girls. Some of the sexual acts described in the charging documents include oral sex and intercourse. In at least one video, the young girl is crying during the abuse, the documents said.

A criminal complaint charging Miller with the crimes was filed Monday. Miller is awaiting a preliminary hearing.

— Reach John Joyce atjjoyce2@yorkdispatch.comor on Twitter at @JohnJoyceYD.