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FBI arrests ex-cop in connection with human trafficking case

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A former Reading police officer was arrested Thursday, February 2, 2012 by the FBI on charges he helped set up a child sex trafficking ring that was operated by Paul Sewell and Michael Johnson.

Ronald R. Miko, 37, a nine-year veteran of the force, was charged with obstruction of a criminal investigation.

According to the indictment, Miko, who at the time was a police officer in the City of Reading, utilized a room in a house at which convicted federal defendants Paul Sewell and Michael Johnson operated a child sex slave business that trafficked females who were under the age of 18.

The indictment alleges that between May 2, 2011 and June 7, 2011, Miko wired money to Johnson’s federal prison account to prevent the communication of information to criminal investigators regarding Miko’s involvement in that business.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle L. Morgan. An indictment or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Source: FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office

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