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Former county employee sentenced in child porn case


A former Clark County public information officer was sentenced Thursday to more than 12 years in prison for transporting child pornography.

Erik Muller, then 41, pleaded guilty in December and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro to 151 months.

Muller, who has been in custody since November 2011, worked in the county’s Nuclear Waste Division.

The county moved to fire Muller after he was charged in a six-count indictment. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the other charges as part of the plea deal.

According to the defendant’s sentencing memorandum, he was addicted to online adult pornography for many years before he “crossed the line by viewing child pornography.”

“Erik deeply regrets his possession, receipt and online file sharing of child pornography and his engaging with juvenile females in various young teen chat rooms,” wrote his attorney, Richard Wright. “He now fully understands the serious emotional toll his conduct had on the victims who were subjected to the depicted abuse.”

Muller, a county employee for about 10 years, was arrested after an undercover investigation by local and federal authorities. The investigation began in October 2011.

In a criminal complaint, a Henderson police detective said Muller gained access to child pornography downloads through a laptop from home and at work. When Muller was asked about the whereabouts of his laptop during an interview with authorities, he said he had left it at his “work cubicle,” the detective wrote.

Investigators later learned he was using the Clark County Internet Network, the complaint stated.

Authorities raided Muller’s work station at the Clark County Government Center and seized a case containing CDs, DVDs and USB storage devices, according to the complaint.

Contact reporter Carri Geer Thevenot at cgeer@reviewjournal.com or 702-384-8710.

 

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