'House of secrets' suspect gets 20-30 years in prison

Robert Snell
The Detroit News


Detroit — A Melvindale man who stored child pornography in a house filled with hidden rooms, secret passageways and dozens of surveillance cameras was sentenced to 20-30 years in prison Wednesday for having sexual contact with two girls.

The sentence by Wayne County Circuit Judge Mark Slavens comes two weeks after Charles Miller, 59, struck a plea deal with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office that spared the victims, who are younger than 13, from having to testify against him.

As part of the sentence for two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, Miller must register as a sexual offender. He also will be subject to lifetime electronic monitoring.

The state court sentence might be the least of Miller's problems.

He pleaded guilty to child-porn production and possession in federal court in January and faces up to 50 years in federal prison when sentenced in July.

The Detroit News wrote about Miller's home last month.

Federal agents described the home on Harman Street in Melvindale as a child-porn production studio with drugs, guns and underwear-clad stuffed animals, a house of secrets where young naked girls were filmed and assaulted.

rsnell@detroitnews.com

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