Crime & Courts

Former CMS elementary teacher will serve 10 years in prison for child porn

A former elementary school music teacher was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to child pornography charges, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina.

Benjamin McMiller, 33, taught at Oakdale Elementary, a public school in northwest Charlotte, the Observer reported in 2016.

He was arrested in November 2016 and charged with offenses related to child pornography, the Observer reported.

Investigators found that McMiller showed child pornography to someone else using a video chatting website in September 2016. When investigators searched his home and devices two months later, they found 88 images and 54 videos containing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He pleaded guilty in February, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

When McMiller is released from prison, he will have to register as a sex offender, and he’ll be on supervised release for life, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester