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Millington Man Indicted for sex trafficking, production of child porn

Star Staff Reports

Michael A. Lilley, 49, of Millington, was indicted today by a federal grand jury on 13 counts related to the sex trafficking of minor girls in West Tennessee, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III and A. Todd McCall, Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

justice scalesLilley was charged with four counts of sex trafficking of a minor, one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, four counts of production of child pornography, three counts of distribution of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography.

Lilley faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison on each child sex trafficking charge and the conspiracy to commit trafficking charge; a minimum sentence of 15 years and maximum of 30 years on each of the production of child pornography charges; a minimum sentence of five years and maximum of 20 years on each of the child pornography distribution charges; and a sentence of up to 10 years on the child pornography possession charge. Each count carries a fine of up to $250,000.

This case is being investigated by the FBI. Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Laurenzi and Assistant U.S. Attorney Deb Ireland are representing the government.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative of the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about PSC, visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about internet safety education, visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/resources.html and click on the tab “resources.”

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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