2009-10-22 / Local & State

Harrisonville Man Accused Of Sex With Teen

Arraignment scheduled for Max Miller III
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A 23-year-old Licking Creek Township man accused of having sexual liaisons with a teenage girl is tentatively scheduled to appear in court this week on a variety of charges, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and statutory sexual assault.

On Tuesday, October 13, charges were filed by Pennsylvania State Police through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne against Max William Miller III of 12672 Pleasant Ridge Road, Harrisonville. Miller faces three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, 20 counts of statutory sexual assault and 23 counts each of unlawful contact with a minor, interference with the custody of children, corruption of minors and indecent assault.

Trooper Angela Roher, a crime unit investigator with the McConnellsburg substation, reported the the victim’s clandestine relationship with Miller began on July 31, 2007, when the girl was 14 years old and ended on September 24, 2009. The discovery was made by the victim’s mother, who found her daughter missing from her bedroom. Upon arriving home, state police reported, the mother called the last number dialed on her daughter’s cell phone. The call led the concerned mother to Miller.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the mother also reportedly contacted the accused’s mother, who related her son’s last girlfriend was 14 and “he likes his girlfriends young.”

During an interview with Roher the teenage girl, who is currently 16, told investigators she first met Miller online approximately two years ago. The two dated secretly, with the girl allegedly sneaking out of the basement door of her Wells Township home to meet the man along the roadway. The two, police reported, would routinely drive to Miller’s home where they would “talk, watch movies and engage in sexual activity.”

In a follow-up interview with Miller, the young man told Trooper Roher he was fully aware of how old the girl was when he starting seeing her. He also admitted to investigators he had sexual relations with the teen an estimated 20 to 30 times.

Miller has been notified via summons regarding his arraignment on October 21 before Horne. Furthermore, Miller’s preliminary hearing has been set for November 2.

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