Out on bond, Spotsylvania man accused of sex crimes against Girl Scout

Out on bond, Spotsylvania man accused of sex crimes against Girl Scout

SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WWBT) - Detectives revealed a Spotsylvania man accused of sex crimes against a Girl Scout is now free on bond, as Fairfax authorities named the same man as a person of interest in a similar investigation.

Chad Leroy Miller, 47, is charged with 30 felony counts of possessing child pornography and one count of taking indecent liberties with a child while in a custodial role.

Investigators said Miller met the 14-year-old victim though his wife's girl scout troop.

"In the Girl Scouts, a lot of times the husbands will assist the troop leader, his wife, making sure everything is organized, goes along well," said Cpt. Jeff Pearce in an interview Monday.

"He would help chaperone on camping trips or public outings."

Miller posted $10,000 bond, with his next hearing in Spotsylvania Circuit Court scheduled for April 28.

According to Pearce, the possibility exists that there are more victims.

"Based on some of the evidence that we received at the scene, we feel there is a possibility that there may be someone else out there who either has knowledge about this investigation or may be a victim themselves."

According to deputies, Miller was friends with the victim's family, and forensic investigators reported the victim suffered for some time before telling her parents about advances and improper contact.

"It's tough enough when she has to suffer through the event itself," Pearce said. "But she also had to muster the courage to come forward and let an adult know what was going on."

Spotsylvania detectives began investigating when they learned Miller had allegedly sent the victim a link to a pornographic website.

Detectives executed a search warrant at Miller's residence, and collected several pieces of evidence supporting earlier details uncovered in the investigation.

Authorities collected cell phones and computers from Miller's home, which the Sheriff's office said contained several hundred pornographic images of children.

In a statement released Monday, Girl Scouts of the USA said it is aware of the allegations.

"Nothing is more important within Girl Scouts than ensuring the health and safety of girls," the statement begins. "We will be monitoring this situation closely and fully cooperating with authorities. Thank you for your continued support of Girl Scouts.”

Anyone with information that can help investigators in this case or any other potential victims can call the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office at (540) 582-7116 or Det. Twyla DeMoranville at (540) 507-7673.

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