Cash bond was set at $5,000 and Gordon Miller was given 48 hours to provide bond by Portage County Circuit Judge Thomas Eagon. Miller will appear before the court again on March 3 for his initial appearance.
Already a registered sex offender, Miller 75, is a former professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
An employee of Lincoln Center reported Miller to the police Aug. 1, 2013, after she found him looking on a computer at pictures of young boys wearing only bikinis and underwear, the complaint said.
When employees confronted Miller he said, “I was doing research for the library.” He then shut down the computer, removed his flash drive and left the building.
Stevens Point police officers who arrived on the scene after Miller left were already familiar with him from prior cases. They contacted his parole officer who said Miller’s activity violated his parole and ordered a probation hold.
A detective of the Stevens Point Police Department was able to recover the photos Miller had been looking at on the Lincoln Center computer. Based on those photos, the police were able to obtain a search warrant for Miller’s home.
Police recovered 15 flash drives, compact discs and DVDs from Miller’s residence in Stevens Point. Also recovered were files related to local elementary schools, including male student roasters, sports schedules and a male student directory from 1956-96, the complaint said.
Though the original files from the Lincoln Center were not located on any of the recovered computer equipment, police found many images of young boys in various states of undress, the complaint said.
If convicted of possession of child pornography, Miller could face up to 25 years in prison and an additional $100,000 in fines. For each count of photographing a minor without consent, he could receive three years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
Eagon recused himself from the case after the bond hearing, at the request of Miller’s defense attorney Gary Kryshak. Eagon was the district attorney for another case involving Miller in 1998 when Miller was also charged with recording or depicting nudity without consent. Those charges were dismissed.
Kryshak also requested that no other Portage County judges hear the case.