Pa. man accused of rape; videos found on computer
NEW CASTLE, Pa. - A western Pennsylvania man has been jailed on child rape and pornography-related charges after a woman found images of him molesting a child - on an electronic notepad computer the suspect sold to her at a flea market, police said.
Police in New Castle were alerted to the images by the woman. She found them stored in the device when she used it to take a photo of her own daughter. The woman told police she bought the device for $225 at an Ohio flea market from a man who told her he was from New Castle.
Donald A. Miller, 43, of New Castle, was charged and turned himself in after police examined the device and found on it seven videos of Miller performing sex acts with an 8-year-old girl, plus some still photos.
Police searched Facebook and other records to identify Miller and searched the residence where they thought he lived, only to be told by the woman who lived there that she had thrown Miller out of the house days earlier.
Police identified the girl in the videos, and she was taken into custody of Lawrence County Children and Youth Services. Police also had code enforcement officials board up the house as uninhabitable after determining it had no heat and sewage backed up into the basement.
Online court records don't list an attorney for Miller, who faces a preliminary hearing Thursday on two counts of child rape, and several counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault of a child, indecent assault and computer child pornography charges.
Miller surrendered to authorities Thursday and remained in the county jail unable to post $150,000.