Bronx therapist charged with 'sexting' cop he believed was minor

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BRONX (WABC) -- A child psychologist was charged with sending sexually explicit texts to an undercover detective that he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

Authorities say 34-year-old Justin Miller was arrested in the Bronx near Yeshiva University's Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he works.

He is facing charges of distributing indecent material to a minor and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

Miller reportedly admitted to texting with someone who he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. He then tried to meet up with her.

But law enforcement says Miller was actually texting with an NYPD undercover detective.

"This case illustrates the tenacity of alleged sexual predators and the amount of time they are willing to expend grooming a teen to accomplish their goal of meeting in person an underage child for sexual relations," said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

The charges against Miller include attempted use of a child in a sexual performance, first-degree attempted dissemination of indecent material to minors and attempted endangering the welfare of a child.

If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.

Miller is a pediatric psychologist with the Albert Einstein Medical Center and treated youngsters, ages six to twelve, many of them with special needs, Brown said.

According to the D.A., Miller chatted on-line - via Instant Messages, video calls and cell phone text messages - between January 2014 and April 2015 with the undercover detective, who told him on more than one occasion that she was a 14-year-old girl living in Queens.

During those conversations, it is alleged, Miller used explicit sexual language and discussed various ways he wanted to have sexual intercourse with the girl and discussed meeting with the teenager for sex.