A Branson area woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the production and distribution of child pornography.
Tara Sau Millman, 41, of Merriam Woods, pleaded guilty to one count of the sexual exploitation of minors and one count of receiving and distributing child pornography.
Millman admitted she and her co-defendant Mark John Millman used her iPhone to record video of her engaging in sex acts with a two-year-old child. Investigators also found images and videos of child pornography on Millman’s iPhone, including files that showed Millman and her co-defendant abusing the two-year-old and a four-year-old.
Millman also admitted in court she used social media to share child pornography on the internet. She said that she and Mark John Millman viewed child pornography together.
Federal investigators identified Millman and her co-defendant after agents with Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego discovered a cloud storage platform being used to provide encrypted services for clients posting child pornography. The agents found a weblink to an encrypted chat room where 145 registered users were sharing files.
A search warrant was executed on Millman’s home in Taney County on January 28, 2021.
Federal statutes require a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole for Millman. The judge has the option to impose a sentence of up to 50 years in federal prison without parole.