Montana man accused of rape of 14-yr-old, over 60 child sex abuse crimes pleads and gets only one-year

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A Montana man accepted a plea deal that left him with a one-year-sentence despite being accused of over 60 child sex abuse crimes.

William Edward Miller Jr. was charged with 64 counts of sexual abuse of children after investigators allegedly found child pornography and bestiality images on his laptop and phone. Despite the findings and accusations by a 14-year-old that he had raped her, prosecutors dropped most of the charges against him in a plea deal, KFBB reported.

(Image: Cascade County Detention Center)

The 51-year-old from Great Falls pleaded guilty to one of the 64 counts of sexual abuse and was sentenced to one year deferred with unsupervised probation by Cascade County District Judge Elizabeth Best. Though Miller was charged with one count of felony sexual abuse of children and one count of misdemeanor unsworn falsification to authorities, the sexual abuse charge will automatically be scrubbed from Miller’s record if he does not break the law for one year, according to KFBB.

A 14-year-old high school student accused Miller of raping her at her home and allowing an 11-year-old boy to rape her in a separate incident. He was arrested in February 2019 and later in August, a search warrant obtained for Miller’s address led investigators to find the images, according to the Great Falls Tribune. Miller had allegedly been trying to call people from jail to ask them to get to his home and destroy his phone.

According to KFBB:

On April 19th after reviewing Miller’s laptop, Homeland Security Investigation Agent Al Kinsley found several possible child porn images and thousands of bestiality-related images.

After a review, they found that several of the images on the laptop qualified as child porn since they involved children aged between 0 and 17-years-old.

 

The one count of sexual abuse against Miller was based on a single photo of a then-17-year-old,  Shiloh Young, who is now 19 and was married to the man for three months. Young testified that the photo was taken by herself.

“William is a kind, compassionate, empathetic man. Never has he manipulated or controlled me,” Young told the judge, according to the Tribune. “I ask that we be free of this charge. I feel that we have suffered enough, and I am not a victim of my husband.”

On Monday, Best sentenced Miller to six months in the Cascade County Detention Center for the misdemeanor charge. He was credited for the 384 days of time he had already served and the judge gave him a one-year deferred sentence on the felony charge as well as ordering him to complete sex offender treatment in the community.

“I think it’s really easy and it’s easy for courts, from the bench, to use these offenses as an opportunity to grandstand and to make statements for the newspaper and TV,” the judge said. “They’re very, very loaded charges. They’re very difficult charges to defend against.”

Miller, who reportedly had no felony history, told Best that he has had “really bad luck.”

“All this happened to me, my wife, our kid has just been a tragic thing,” he said, adding, “It’s destroyed our lives, and we’re suffering. I’ve served time in jail for stuff that I didn’t even do.”

He was apparently placed at the lowest sex offender level after a psychosexual evaluation, according to the Tribune.

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