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Garold Edward Miller

Trucker arrested on child porn charges in Pembina, N.D.

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A truck driver accused of downloading child pornography has been arrested at the Pembina, N.D., border crossing, according to court documents.

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Garold Edward Miller, 67, Bridger, Mont., made an initial appearance in federal court Tuesday morning in Grand Forks.

Though he downloaded the illicit material while traveling from truck stop to truck stop in North Dakota, investigators identified him using a serial number assigned to his computer, according to a criminal complaint.

Investigators found 26,000 images and 800 videos that they suspect are child porn. Many of the images matched those already identified as child porn, the complaint said.

Miller was arrested July 15th and booked into the Pembina County jail. He is now in Grand Forks County jail.

North Dakota’s Internet Crimes Against Children program initially detected someone downloading the illicit material using file-sharing software. The person accessed the Internet at truck stops and rest areas, not a home address, but investigators were able to detect a global unique identifier, or GUID, assigned to a laptop computer.

The criminal complaint also states:

The GUID number was associated with an Internet Protocol address registered to Miller at his Bridger home in southern Montana.

When Miller, who worked for Steve Nelson Trucking of Billings, Mont., stopped at the border crossing, border agents were alerted. Searching his truck, they found his laptop, a cell phone, and various hard drives and thumb drives.

In an interview with Special Agent Jessie Smith, a computer forensic expert with the state, Miller admitted that he did download child porn.

Examining his computer, Smith also confirmed it had the same serial number as the computer that downloaded child porn.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security filed the criminal complaint, accusing Miller of transporting child porn across state lines and the international border. 

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