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NEW BERLIN — A 44-year-old New Berlin man remained in custody after a court appearance last week on charges that he pretended to be a 19-year-old male online to get girls in four states to send him hundreds of sexually explicit photographs via the internet.

Craig D. Miller who is married with two children is facing 18 charges connected to internet porn spanning April 2015 to November 2016.

New Berlin police found 381 nude photos of one victim who lives in Noblesville, Indiana. She tried to commit suicide due to the defendant 's efforts to force her to give him additional photos, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Police also found 318 sexually explicit images of a Lafayette, Colorado girl who was 14 years old when she started sending the photos, according to the complaint.

Another 81 photos were found of a then 16 Fond du Lac girl, the complaint says, according to the complaint.

Girl terrified

A 15-year-old Lexington, Kentucky girl was terrified to leave the house after learning her online boyfriend was not real and is now in counseling, according to the the complaint. The defendant is accused of having photos of the Kentucky girl.

According to police, all the girls thought they were communicating with a teenage boy. The 44-year-old defendant sent them photos of a New Jersey teenager, saying they were photos of him. He is accused of taking 690 images of the boy off the internet, according to the complaint.

The charges against Miller include several counts of sexual exploitation of a child, mental harm to a child, possession of child pornography, exposing genitals and identity theft.

A cash bond of $5,00 was set March 29. A court hearing is set for March 30.

The investigation began after the Noblesville, Indiana teen attempted to overdose on prescription drugs in an effort to kill herself, according to the complaint. Police believe she was reacting to having been told that her online boyfriend, who allegedly was Miller, had tried to kill himself because of her.

Cyber 'friends'

That message was conveyed by one of the online personas that Miller is alleged to have created in addition to his main online fake identity as a teen named "Andy Harrington," according to the complaint.

Other fake online personas Miller is alleged to have created included "Gabe" and "Owen." They were supposedly friends of Andy and they communicated with some of the girls, the complaint says.

The Noblesville girl's parents went to police after their daughter's attempted suicide. Local police tracked "Andy" to Miller's New Berlin address in January. He had already determined that the victim was being contacted through the Kik instant messaging application, using profiles: "andysoccer1105" and "O_to_the_highest," and through Instagram with the username "THX3113," the complaint says.

A Noblesville detective interviewed the parents who said their daughter thought she was communicating with a 19-year-old Brookfield resident.

The complaint charges that the defendant created the fictitious cyber friends of "Andy's" to exert control and psychological pressure on the girls to get them to comply with his requests for sexually explicit pictures and videos.

Search warrant

New Berlin police executed a search warrant Feb. 13 at the defendant's home and confiscated electronic devices. What police found made them suspect that the wrongdoing went far beyond the four girls.

"It appeared that the defendant was having active and recent conversations (using the Kik messaging application) with at least eight other females, including one listed as 'My Little Princess,'" according to the complaint.

On the defendant's Google Drive account, New Berlin police found files for 17 people and many contained nude, pornographic images of various teenage girls with whom the defendant had been communicating, according to the complaint.

Police verified that the defendant was aware of the victims' ages, according to the complaint says.

It also notes that the parents of the four girls named in the complaint knew about Andy and recognized him as their daughters' correspondent.

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