The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Michael Carey Miles
Monday, February 24, 2014
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount man will serve 18 months of a 20-year sentence for possession of child pornography.
Michael Carey Miles, 60, was convicted in November 2013 of 10 counts of possessing child pornography.
Miles entered Alford pleas to 10 felony charges, which means he maintained his innocence but admitted there was enough evidence to convict him of the charges.
Miles was also sentenced to four years probation and ordered to be of good behavior for 20 years. He is prohibited from using the internet, and law enforcement will have access to any computers in his home.
Miles must also complete sex offender treatment and have no contact with minors. He is also prohibited from possessing firearms.
Miles was originally indicted on 50 charges, but 40 were dismissed through a plea agreement, along with a misdemeanor firearm charge for shooting himself in the face in May after he was indicted on the pornography charges.
Miles was released from the hospital in late May after spending nearly two weeks in treatment for a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Investigator Jay Mason with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
On May 6, 2013, Miles was indicted in Franklin County on 50 counts of knowingly possessing sexually explicit visual material, having as a subject a person less than 18 years old.
Deputies traveled to Miles' residence on Six Mile Post Road on May 9 to arrest him on the charges, Mason said. While a deputy knocked on the door, Miles exited the residence through a side basement door. A second deputy encountered Miles, who was carrying a rifle. Miles did not point the weapon at the deputy.
While the deputy was commanding Miles to drop the weapon, the gun discharged and Miles dropped to the ground, Mason said, with a gunshot wound to his face.
The child pornography charges against Miles stem from a tip from detectives with the Roanoke City Police Department.
Investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office searched Miles' residence 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.
Over 2,000 images of preteen children, mostly female, were discovered on the computers, Nolen said. All the images were downloaded from the internet.