A 32-year-old Tuscaloosa man was sentenced to 600 years in prison Friday morning after pleading guilty to forcing two children under the age of five to engage in sex acts for the production of pornography.

Federal Judge L. Scott Coogler levied the sentence in a hearing Friday morning, condemning Tuscaloosa's Matthew Miller to 7,200 months in prison after he pleaded guilty in October 2019 to producing 102 pornographic images of the two victims.

The case was investigated by the FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force with assistance from the multi-agency Tuscaloosa Violent Crime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Leann White prosecuted Miller.

U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona said the severe sentence handed down Friday illustrates how seriously law enforcement officers and agencies take the sexual exploitation of children.

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“Child predators seek out and victimize those that are the most innocent and vulnerable - children,” Escalona said. “The sentences imposed today and yesterday in local child exploitation cases reflect the commitment of law enforcement in this district to prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law those who commit crimes against children.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr. also condemned Miller in the strongest terms possible.

“The crimes for which Miller has admitted guilt are not only disturbing, they are sickening, and his actions robbed these children of their childhood,” Sharp said. “I am proud of the work of the FBI on this case, and I applaud the sentence handed down today, as Miller will spend the rest of his natural life behind prison bars.”