BY SARAH GREGORY
A former Greeneville Police Department auxiliary officer charged with receiving and possessing child pornography on a patrol car laptop has entered a not guilty plea in U.S. District Court.
Herbert Eugene Miller, a part-time, paid auxiliary officer from June 2000 until Friday, Aug. 15, appeared before Magistrate Judge Dennis H. Inman on Wednesday afternoon.
During the arraignment and detention hearing, Inman announced a grand jury's decision to hand up indictments, and a trial date was set for Nov. 14.
A plea bargain deadline was set for Oct. 31.
Inman also explained to Miller the charges and maximum penalties he faces.
The first count, which alleges that Miller "did knowingly receive child pornography ... by computer" carries a minimum mandatory sentence of five years in federal penitentiary up to a maximum of 20 years, $500,000 in fines, and supervised release for life.
The second count, which alleges that Miller "did knowingly possess child pornography ... by computer" carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal penitentiary, a $250,000 fine, and supervised release for life.
The only time during the hearing that Miller spoke was when Inman asked if he understood the charges and penalties, to which he responded, "yes, sir."
Miller remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.