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COLUMBIANA COUNTY N.C. man pleads guilty to sex with teen


Published: Mon, March 13, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


LISBON -- A North Carolina man faces up to 18 months in prison for having sex with a Columbiana County girl he met on the Internet.
Joray A. Miller, 22, of Fort Bragg, pleaded guilty Monday in common pleas court to one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
He also pleaded guilty to one count of furnishing alcohol to an underage person, a misdemeanor. He faces up to six months in jail.
Miller drove to the county after arranging a meeting with the girl, then age 14. A relative of the girl had contacted authorities who found the teen in Miller's room at a Lisbon motel Nov. 19, 2005.
New Waterford Police Chief Dan Hauter, who does Internet stings, said in a recent interview that Miller had slipped through prevention efforts.
Hauter pretends to be a teenage girl in Internet chat rooms to locate pedophiles. He has filed charges against men who came to Columbiana County believing they were going to meet a teen for sexual activity.
In cases where the suspected pedophile does not come to the county, Hauter may send information from his investigation to authorities where the suspect lives.
Hauter added that he had recently sent information to authorities in Firnley, Nev., about a school teacher in that town. Authorities executed a search warrant at the teacher's home. Hauter said he sent authorities copies of transcripts of Internet chats and copies of child pornography he had received from the teacher.


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