Trucker accused of possessing child pornography

A truck driver arrested at a border crossing between North Dakota and Canada appeared in federal court Tuesday on allegations he possessed thousands of images of child pornography that was downloaded at various truck and rest stops.

Garold Miller, of Bridger, is charged in federal court with transporting child pornography using interstate commerce.

He was not asked to enter a plea at a hearing on Aug. 12. A detention hearing has not been scheduled. Neil Fulton, head of the federal public defender's office for North Dakota, said Tuesday his office will talk with Miller and conduct its own investigation.

"A case involving computer forensic evidence is always complicated and requires some t ime t o assess,'' Fulton said.

The U.S. at torney's office declined to comment. Court documents show that inspectors searched Miller's truck on July 15 at the Pembina border station and found a laptop computer, three external hard drives and one flash drive.

Miller also had an iPhone and six thumb drives with him, an affidavit states. The electronic devices allegedly contained about 26,000 still images and more than 800 videos of child pornography.

Miller works as a commercial truck driver for a Bi l l ings, company and drives loads to Canada, documents show.