Illinois Guardsman Discharged After Child Porn Charge

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    The National Guard says a western Illinois soldier charged with possession of child pornography in Afghanistan has been discharged from the Army and will not face a court-martial.

    Illinois National Guard Maj. Brad Leighton says William Miller of Galesburg agreed this week to a Chapter 10 discharge, which means he admitted to unspecified misconduct and has been dishonorably discharged.

    It is not clear if Miller will be prosecuted when he comes home. Army officials say they have not been in contact with civilian authorities.

    Miller was charged Jan. 5 with possession of child pornography.

    Miller's family has said he had innocent photos they sent him of a young relative. Army officials contend the charges are not related to those photos.

    "It was important to set the record straight with regards to the photos of the [relative] being portrayed as evidence leading to child pornography charges in this case. They are not," said Army spokesman Master Sgt. Thomas Clementson.