Mon., 1:11pm: Trumbull County Amish man sentenced to life in sexual assault case

WARREN — Daniel Miller, 47, of West Farmington and a member of the Amish community, was sentenced to life behind bars this morning after pleading to 17 counts related to the sexual assaults of seven minor females, including five counts that carried potential life sentences.

He will be eligible for parole after serving 20 years.

He was sentenced by Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter Kontos, whose courtroom was packed with Amish community members.

Assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor Gabe Wildman read impact statements of two of the girls, who are now adults, and their mother.

Detectives said Trumbull County Children Services were investigating a different case when they learned about Miller.

Miller was arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police at Whispering Hope, a Newville, Pa. facility that specializes in treating Amish and Mennonite men with marital or mental health issues.

Prosecutors said the rapes occurred between March 2009 and July 2012. Some of the girls were Miller’s relatives and some of the attacks occurred at Miller’s home. Investigators said they believe Miller sexually assaulted at least nine victims but only had evidence to pursue charge for seven.