2009-12-31 / Local & State

Miller Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assault

Sentencing set for March 23
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A Harrisonville man appeared in court for mandatory arraignment this week and opted to enter a guilty plea to several counts related to an ongoing sexual relationship with a teenage girl.

Accompanied by defense attorney Joseph Curcillo, Max William Miller III of 12672 Pleasant Ridge Road came before Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Douglas Herman on a total of 116 criminal charges ranging from involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, interference with the custody of children, corruption of minors and indecent assault.

Miller pleaded guilty to one count each of unlawful contact with a minor and statutory sexual assault, both second-degree felonies. Each count carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in county prison and a $25,000 fine. Miller could be eligible to participate in the work release program during his time in prison and may have to register as a sexual offender for multiple years.

Miller admitted on Tuesday he had a sexual relationship with the juvenile. The clandestine relationship 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 discovered her daughter missing from her bedroom. State police investigators revealed in an affidavit of probable cause, the mother called the last number dialed on her daughter’s cellphone when she finally arrived home that night. The call was answered by Miller.

In an interview with lead investigator Trooper Angela Roher of the McConnellsburg substation, the girl, who is now 16, admitted to state police she met Miller online approximately two years ago. The two dated secretly, with the girl sneaking out of the basement of her Wells Township home and meeting Miller along the roadway. The two, police concluded in their report, would routinely drive to Miller’s residence in Harrisonville where they would “talk, watch movies and engage in sexual activity.”

Miller’s sentencing date has been tentatively set for March 23 at 9 a.m. in the Fulton County Courthouse.

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