Douglas County man pleads guily to child porn charges

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DENVER — A man who held a minor hostage in a child pornography production that spanned across state and international lines is expected to face a minimum prison sentence of 40 years after pleading guilty Monday.

The indictment of Douglas County’s Jeffrey Allan Mueller, 39, stated that he produced over 50 images of child pornography on five separate occasions from September 2006 to December 2009 of one minor, who police have since rescued and relocated. Mueller was also charged with transporting that material across state and international lines.

In the plea agreement, Mueller agreed to a request that his prison sentence be set at a minimum of 40 years, followed by a lifetime of supervised release. The actual sentence will be pronounced at a later date.

Mueller plead guilty to five counts of child pornography, each of which carry prison terms of between 15-30 years and up to a $250,000 fine, and one count of transportation of child pornography, which comes with a prison term of between 5-20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.