Man pleads innocent to rape

WARREN – A 46-year-old Amish man from West Farmington remained in Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond after pleading not guilty Monday to an 11-count indictment, including two charges of child rape that carry potential life sentences.

Daniel Miller, 6618 state Route 534, was arrested last week on the secret indictment by Pennsylvania State Police while he was staying at Whispering Hope Inc., a counseling program that operates in Newville, Pa. He waived extradition Wednesday and was returned to Trumbull County, according to assistant county prosecutor Gabe Wildman.

Indictments charge Miller with the rape of a 14-year-old girl in March 2009 and the rape of a 12-year-old girl last July. Both charges allege force or threat of force. The force and the fact that the victims were younger than 13 at the time qualify the charges as potential life sentences.

Miller also faces eight counts of gross sexual imposition that occurred between March 2009 and last July to the two victims in the rape allegations along with three other girls who were between the ages of 11 to 13 at the time the sexual contact occurred – mostly at Miller’s home, according to Wildman.

At least three of the girls are reportedly family members, but all the victims were known to Miller, Wildman said.

He also faces a second-degree felony charge of sexual battery for sexual conduct with one of the rape victims last July, according to the indictments.

Wildman said the charges came to light when victims were interviewed for an unrelated but overlapping investigation by Children Services. More than one of the victims also had disclosed certain allegations to family members.

By that time, Wildman said Miller had been taken by members of the local Amish community to the counseling or treatment center in Cumberland County, Pa., where he was eventually arrested.

Judge Peter Kontos was assigned the case and a pre-trial for Miller was scheduled for Feb. 4..