A New Castle man has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of exploiting a minor for sexual purposes.
Donald A. Miller, 43, of 338 Laurel Blvd., entered the plea in Pittsburgh in connection with a case filed earlier this year, after incriminating material was found on an electronic notepad Miller allegedly sold at a flea market.
Meanwhile, Miller is still awaiting trial in Lawrence County court in the matter, where he faces 28 criminal counts, including rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, indecent assault of a child and sexual abuse of a child.
U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced Miller’s guilty plea to a charge of production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor. The plea was entered Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon.
As part of the guilty plea, the court was told that, on Dec. 22, 2013, Miller employed, used and coerced an 8-year-old girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing videos.
The child victim was identified and Miller arrested after the sexual videos were discovered on a used electronic tablet that Miller had sold to a New Castle resident at a flea market in Ohio Dec. 24.
Authorities said the resident immediately notified New Castle Police when she saw the videos in the tablet’s memory. The witness was able to identify Miller as the person who had sold her the electronic device.
Bissoon scheduled sentencing for 10 a.m. Jan. 28. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of life in prison, a fine of $500,000 or both.
The defendant remains in custody pending sentencing.
Assistant U.S. attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police and the New Castle Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Miller, Hickton said.