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Fiance of slain girl's mother facing child pornography charges

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- The fiance of Evelyn Miller's mother was charged Friday with possession of child pornography, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Casey Frederiksen, 26, of Charles City, pleaded not guilty during a hearing in U.S. District Court.

A grand jury indictment returned late Thursday said Frederiksen possessed images produced on a computer of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Frederiksen appeared in court Friday wearing shackles and a jail jumpsuit. He showed no emotion as federal magistrate Paul Zoss ordered that he remain in custody until a detention hearing, scheduled for Monday afternoon, can be held.

It did not appear as though any members of his family, or friends, were in the courtroom for Friday's hearing.

Bob Teig, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, said the indictment does not specify who is pictured in the images. It also does not specify the age of the people or person in the photos.

Miller, 5, disappeared July 1 from the Floyd apartment where she lived with her mother, Noel Miller and Frederiksen. Her body was found six days later in the Cedar River, about two miles from her home.

Her death was ruled a homicide but no arrests have been made.

Floyd County Attorney Marilyn Dettmer said in a statement released Friday that the investigation into Evelyn Miller's death continues to be a high priority.

"Even though the cases are separate, it is obvious that the facts of each have an impact on the other," Dettmer said.

Frederiksen and Noel Miller moved to Charles City after Evelyn's funeral.

Last week, Frederiksen was taken to the hospital after he cut his wrists at his Charles City home.

Noel Miller said the following day that he cuts his wrists out of frustration with police and their failure to find her daughter's killer.

If convicted on the federal charge, Frederiksen could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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