A 60-year-old Kalispell man found in his van viewing child pornography on a laptop computer pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Tuesday to accessing with the intent to view child pornography.

Rodney Royce Miller, 60, faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison after admitting to the charge.

In September, Miller, who was on probation for previous convictions, was observed by a federal probation officer viewing images of child pornography on his notebook computer in his van, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Montana.

When interviewed, Miller admitted he used the computer to view child pornography on the Internet.

“When the notebook was forensically examined, image files, which included cache and non-cache files depicting child pornography, were located. The examiner also located cache records which were indicative of a user seeking child pornography,” the release said.

The maximum penalty for the charge is 20 years in prison, and could include up to a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision. U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy of Missoula set a Sept. 12 sentencing date in the case.

Miller, who is currently in jail, was originally charged with both receipt of child pornography and accessing child pornography with the intent to view.

Reporter Jenna Cederberg can be reached at 523-5241 or at jenna.cederberg@missoulian.com.

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