Sex offender refuses to talk about why he has prohibited Facebook page

Sex offender refuses to talk about why he has prohibited Facebook page

PORTLAND, Ore. -- His name is Dustin Leroy Miller, and he's not exactly pleased to see us. He's showing up to check in with his probation officer downtown, ordered to appear because of what we found and shared with Multnomah County authorities.

I introduce myself and ask him why he's using Facebook when he's not supposed to, because he is a convicted sex offender. He accuses us of harassing him then flees from the camera.

At first glance, Miller's Facebook activity looks normal enough -- a normal profile, with some photos of Miller with family and friends. Among his “likes,” the bikini barista stand, Twin Perks Espresso.
The profile is linked to a company page called Miller's Marketing Solutions.

The problem with both of these pages? Convicted sex offenders are not allowed to use Facebook, according to the company's policies, and Miller was convicted of second-degree rape in 2002. He served nearly nine months in prison and has been on probation ever since. He’s also been ordered to do community service.

In May last year, Miller's probation officer learned he'd created a Facebook page for his company and told Miller to take it down. Multnomah County spokesman David Austin told me Miller complied. But here we are eight months later and Miller has not only a company Facebook page but also that personal profile.

I got a hold of Miller by phone earlier in the day Thursday. I wanted to know if he was aware of Facebook policy, if it was of concern to him, and whether there was some term of his supervision that prohibited him from using social media.

He told me, "I'm not at liberty to comment on a criminal record I may or may not have. I work for a company that manages a Facebook page."

Within an hour after we spoke, his personal profile had been changed. The personal photos were gone; it suddenly looked a lot more like his company page.

I contacted Multnomah County to learn the rules of his probation. That led to his required appearance downtown and Mr. Miller running away from us.

Late in the day, I was contacted via Facebook by someone alerting me to yet another Facebook page Dustin Miller apparently manages. There are multiple photos of Miller on the page and multiple indications he runs the page. I'll be sharing this new information with Multnomah County.

Based on what I'd already told them, county spokesman David Austin says Miller will likely be punished with community service.

At last check, Miller's personal profile on Facebook has been removed entirely. The page for Miller's Marketing Solutions remains active, as does the other Facebook page.

Facebook doesn't screen for sex offenders per se. It relies on users to report sex offenders to them and provide some kind of proof -- a news article, court documents -- to show someone's conviction for a sex crime.

You can see Facebook's policy banning sex offenders here.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Miller served nine years in prison. He only served about nine months.