Couple Indicted for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

Couple Indicted for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

Taney County Couple Indicted for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

SPRINGFIELD, MO (STL.News) A Merriam Village, Missouri, couple has been indicted by a federal grand jury for producing child pornography.

Mark John Millman, 36, a citizen of Great Britain and a legal alien resident, and his wife, Tara Sau Millman, 41, were charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Tuesday, Feb. 23.  The indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Mark and Tara Millman on January 29, 2021. The Millmans have been in federal custody since their arrest, and remain detained without bail.

The federal indictment charges the Millmans together in one count of using a minor to produce child pornography and one count of receiving and distributing child pornography.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, the investigation began when agents with Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego, California, began investigating users of a cloud storage platform (identified in court documents as “Cloud Platform A”).  The cloud platform provides encrypted, cloud-based services that enable private, secure online storage, communication, and collaboration for business and individuals.  During the investigation, the agents accessed a weblink to an encrypted chat room with approximately 145 registered users. 

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