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'Preteen King' sentenced on child-porn charges in Thunder Bay

Jeffrey Frederick Miro was found in possession of more than 470 child-porn images and six videos, after a 2014 arrest spurred by tweets.
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THUNDER BAY – A Thunder Bay man known online as the Preteen King has been sentenced to two years in prison less a day for possession of and making available child pornography.

Jeffery Frederick Miro will also serve three years of probation upon his release and must register as a sexual offender and submit a sample of his DNA to a central registry.

Miro faces a three-year ban from using the Internet for three full years, then must be supervised by an adult when using it for the following five years.

Superior Court Justice F. Bruce Fitzpartick, who sentenced Miro, said in court on Monday that the defendant was found to be in possession of an extensive child pornography collection in the spring of 2014, a total of 479 unique photos and six videos.

The Crown suggested trading images for Miro was “like trading hockey cards,” Fitzpatrick said.

Text messages seized showed Miro was also actively trading the images and giving advice to others on how to avoid detection from the authorities.

Miro, who was 52 at the time of his arrest, also expressed an interest in having sex with underage girls, Fitzpatrick said.

Texts from the now-convicted Miro support the court’s position.

“Ohhhhh to have a sweet 16 yo, you are my dream fantasy…” he said, texting with a woman he believed to be a 16-year-old female.

He had no criminal record when he was arrested, and lost his job at a local paper mill as a result.

In his sentencing statement, Fitzpatick said he doesn’t believe Miro was remorseful, as he claimed during court proceedings.

Miro’s lawyers argued for the minimum mandatory one-year sentence on both counts, to run concurrently, arguing he’d already paid an economic, physical and social price.

Fitzpatrick disagreed sentencing him to two years less a day on both counts. The sentences will run concurrently.

“He was getting sexual satisfaction from looking at pornographic images of children. He was enjoying trading these images. He was trying to obtain new images from a person who was representing themselves as a 16-year-old girl,” the justice said, adding later the demand and trade of child pornography is a serious problem in society.

Miro was initially arrested following 2014 complaints he had been making child-pornography tweets.

 

 



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