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By Amanda Dolasinski
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 5:52 p.m.

A teenage boy told police he was frightened when he received five or six nude images of a classmate's mother on his cell phone, according to his testimony last week.

The Norwin High School student allegedly received a text message with the images from Joe Miller, 25, his former baseball coach, in May.

“It said, he ‘hated' (the woman's son) and the rest was a bunch of pictures,” the 17-year-old boy said. “It said, ‘ruin his life or others will be punished.' I felt scared.”

The Tribune-Review is not naming the witness because he is a juvenile. The paper also does not identify alleged victims of a sex-related crime.

North Huntingdon District Judge Douglas Weimer ordered Miller, 25, of Milbee Lane in Greensburg, to stand trial for dissemination of obscene material to minors and corruption of minors. He is accused of sending nude images of his ex-girlfriend to her son's classmate, who sent the images to others at Norwin High School.

James Welsh III, Miller's attorney, argued that Miller never instructed the teen to disperse the images, nor did he specifically suggest who should receive them. Miller did not speak during the hearing.

The teen testified that he was golfing at Irwin Country Club when he received the text message in May. He said he felt “threatened” and sent the message to eight or nine classmates, according to testimony.

North Huntingdon Township Police Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Bouldin testified that Miller voluntarily went to the police station about a week after the incident, but informed investigators that he did not wish to make a statement. Bouldin said he seized Miller's phone and obtained a search warrant for the content.

A formal court arraignment for Miller has not yet been set.

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626.

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