Father helps in arrest of man charged with sex crimes against minor
MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. - A Wyoming man has been arrested and charged with promoting a minor under 16 years old, unlawful transaction with a minor, and prohibited use of electronic communication to procure a minor.
Authorities say the victim is a 14-year-old and her father is to thank for the arrest of Cheyney Miller.
The father, who is being identified only as 'Ray,' says he was always keeping up with his daughter on her social media sites.
It is how he came across a series of inappropriate texts he says were from Miller, 54.
"He never really gave an age and the pictures he sent her were not of his face or anything. I was able to research through Facebook and everything, find a picture and show her how old he was and it just appalled her and scared her," Ray said during a phone interview Wednesday.
Miller, he says, had actually talked on the phone to his daughter so he decided to call him.
"He thought it was a big joke," he remembered.
That's when he contacted Lt. Matt Hilbrecht with the Marshall County Sheriff's Office.
"To me, this screamed this is probably someone that's a pedophile," Hilbrecht remembered.
He says law enforcement cannot keep up with cyber crime, "I'd say probably in the last four years it has doubled, the number of cases we see."
That is why, he said, tips from parents like Ray are so important.
Authorities in Marshall County say Ray not only saved his daughter from danger- but countless other young women as well. To date, they have linked Miller with minors in two other states. Sheriff's Deputies say there is likely more and they will have a better number one the State Crime Lab finishes their analysis of Miller's cell phone and computer.
Cheyney Miller remains at the Marshall County Detention Center. He heads to court next week. If he is convicted, he could spend up to 20 years behind bars. First, he would have to be extradited to other states to face similar charges.