Detroit, Michigan – A Melvindale man who had dozens of child pornographic images stored away in a house that had hidden passageways and rooms was sentenced Thursday to 50 years in federal prison.
Charles Miller, 59, will serve the sentence consecutively to a 30-year sentence he received earlier this year from the state on two counts of criminal sexual conduct involving a 7-year-old girl and 10-year-old girl, according to Gina Balaya, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Miller was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland.
The disturbing case began unfolding Oct. 2, 2013, when Lincoln Park police executing a search warrant at Miller’s home for guns and drugs, stumbled across a digital camera. The officers turned it on and saw nude photos of the two girls.
Police also found numerous sexually explicit videos containing young girls in Miller’s home.
According to federal court documents, Miller’s house had an extensive surveillance system, including dozens of closed-circuit cameras and multiple viewing screens, a semi-hidden surveillance room under the staircase and guns stashed in a hidden mirrored closet.
The documents also stated Miller had a second-floor bedroom decorated for little girls, painted green and purple, with numerous stuffed animals, some wearing girl’s underwear or adult female lingerie, boxes containing condoms, sex toys, restraints, a mask and a leash.
Police were able to identify the girls after locating their mother, who told them that her daughters occasionally spent weekends at Miller’s home.
The girls, who were interviewed by a certified child forensics interviewer, said they were “posed and coached” by Miller.