Former school IT employee sentenced for possessing child pornography

May 11—Zachary Milliren, 27, a former IT employee at Byng Public Schools, was sentenced recently to serve time in prison on multiple charges, including computer fraud, nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, and possession of child pornography.

The Pontotoc County District Attorney's Office prosecuted the case. Milliren pleaded guilty to the charges in January.

District Attorney Erik Johnson said Milliren was charged with 15 felony counts pertaining to his collection and distribution of nude images of minor children.

On May 7, District Judge Steven Kessinger sentenced Milliren to 30 years for showing obscene material to a minor child and 20 years each for possession of child pornography (three counts) and distribution of child pornography.

Milliren will have to serve 85% of 20 years before he will be eligible for release from prison (parole).

"I would like to thank the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for their work on this case, and my prosecutor in this case, Tara Portillo, for bringing this case home and for her relentless advocacy for victims of Milliren's abuse of his position and trust as an IT employee at Byng Public Schools," Johnson said.

"The exploitation of technology to commit these heinous offenses is an egregious violation of privacy and decency. Our office remains steadfast in our commitment to holding individuals accountable for such reprehensible actions and seeking justice for victims.

"The Pontotoc County District Attorney's Office reaffirms its commitment to prosecuting crimes of this nature vigorously. We will continue to work diligently to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable and that justice is served for victims."