HOULTON, Maine — A 29-year-old Sherman man, who’s a member of the city’s Amish group, pleaded responsible to a intercourse crime Monday afternoon, whereas showing in Houlton District Court docket.
Rudy L. Miller was sentenced to 5 years in jail with all however 9 months suspended by Decide Patrick Larson for the Class C felony of illegal sexual contact.
Miller was initially dealing with two counts of gross sexual assault (Class A felonies) and one case of sexual abuse of a minor (Class D felony), however the cost was diminished to illegal sexual contact.
The incident befell between June 1 and June 30, 2013, in Sherman and concerned a lady who was beneath the age of 14 and was not his spouse. Miller was 20 years previous on the time.
Decide Larson reminded Miller that he was beneath no obligation to plead responsible and that the case might go to trial, with out him having to take the stand. He additionally reminded Miller that it might be the state’s burden to persuade the members of the jury of his guilt.
Miller said he understood the decide’s feedback however nonetheless wished to plead responsible, “as a result of I did it.”
In reviewing the state’s case, Assistant District Legal professional Matthew Hunter said Aroostook County Sheriff’s Workplace Deputy Rick York was approached by members of the Amish group on June 16, 2020, who had been involved about Miller and his psychological state and incidents that had transpired of their group.
The case was turned over to the Maine State Police Main Crimes Unit, who interviewed three ladies who had been all beneath the age of 16. One of many ladies admitted to sexual contact and said she knew Miller was doing comparable issues along with her youthful sisters.
Hunter said that Miller confessed to police that he engaged in sexual exercise with the three ladies, who had been ages 14, 13 and 11, however advised police it was not intercourse as a result of they weren’t attempting to conceive a baby.
“There isn’t a query there was intercourse,” Miller’s legal professional Jeffrey Toothaker mentioned. “However intercourse to them is totally different. The Amish group has handled him in a sure approach.”
Miller was granted a 30-day keep of execution of his jail sentence, which is able to start on Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. Along with the 9 month jail sentence, Miller should additionally register as a intercourse offender for the following 25 years and isn’t allowed to have unsupervised visits with youngsters beneath the age of 16. His youngsters usually are not included in that situation.
Upon his launch, Miller will enter a 25-week rehabilitation program often known as Whispering Hope in Newville, Pennsylvania.