Ronald Jay Miller, of East Helena, who was convicted almost 20 years ago of sexually assaulting two boys, has pleaded guilty to accessing the Internet with the intent to view child pornography.

In exchange for the guilty plea, charges of being a felon in possession of guns and possession of child pornography were dismissed. Miller appeared in federal court in Missoula on Tuesday before U.S. Mag-istrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch.

Miller, 56, is in custody, with sentencing set for Aug. 9. He faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and lifetime supervision.

Miller was convicted in 1993 in Lewis and Clark County of two counts of sexually assaulting two boys younger than 10. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with all but 90 days suspended.

Because of the conviction he wasn’t allowed to own guns.

The guns and child pornography were found during a search of his home, which was undertaken in response to information that Miller may have violated the terms of his probation.

According to the indictment, from June 2011 until Oct. 18, 2012, Miller accessed and intended to view child pornography on a computer. He also allegedly possessed images and movies of child pornography on his computer.

The probation officer also found 12 bolt action rifles, seven lever action rifles, three semi-automatic rifles, nine shotguns, eight revolvers, two pistols and a derringer at Miller’s home. Under the plea agreement, those will be forfeited by Miller.

Reporter Eve Byron: 447-4076 or eve.byron@helenair.com. Follow Eve on Twitter @IR_EveByron.

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