The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, May 13, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount man was indicted last week by a Franklin County grand jury on 50 counts of possessing child pornography.
Michael Carey Miles, 60, faces charges of knowingly possessing sexually explicit visual material, having as a subject a person less than 18 years old, according to the indictments.
Working from a tip from detectives with the Roanoke City Police Department, investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office searched Miles' residence on Six Mile Post Road on Aug. 6, 2012, according to Investigator J.P. Nolen.
At Miles' house, investigators seized several computers, CDs and flash drives, Nolen said.
The computers were sent to the state police forensic lab in Richmond for evaluation, then sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Nolen said.
Over 2,000 images of preteen children, mostly female, were discovered on Miles' computers, Nolen said.
"He can be charged with one felony count for each photograph," Nolen said. "We're just starting with 50."
The victims in the photos who could be identified were from all over the world, Nolen said, Russia, France, Canada, Britain, as well as the United States.
Investigators found no evidence that Miles ever had contact with any children himself, Nolen said. All the images were downloaded from the internet.
Miles has been charged with 16 counts of possessing child pornography in Roanoke City.
Possession of child pornography is a Class 5 felony, punishable by one to 10 years in prison.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt, it is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial on the charges.