Montrose man found guilty of sex abuse
ELKINS — A Montrose man was convicted on sexual abuse charges Friday following a two-day trial in Randolph County Circuit Court.
James Thomas Miller, 42, was convicted of two felony counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, and one felony count of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust to a child.
Sentencing has been sent for April 19. Miller is facing a possible maximum sentence of no less than 20 years and no more than 70 years in the state penitentiary. He will be required to register for life as a sexual offender.
Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker represented the state, while Miller was represented by Brent Easton.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on Aug. 29, 2018, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Deputies A.B. Beverly, S.D. Kyle and R.H. Foster were dispatched to a Montrose residence regarding a domestic altercation and alleged sexual abuse.
Once on scene, Beverly spoke to the caller, who said on the same day she was at the residence with her boyfriend, identified as Miller, and the 2-year-old juvenile, police said. She stated she entered the bedroom Miller was in with the juvenile after bringing her out of the shower. She added when she entered the bedroom “for approximately 5 to 10 seconds” she witnessed the child on the bed wearing a diaper and “laying on her back in the fetal position” while Miller stood over her in his underwear having inappropriate contact with her, the complaint states.
At approximately 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Miller arrived at the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed by Shannon Loudin, of the West Virginia State Police. Miller admitted to being in his underwear and having inappropriate contact with the juvenile, according to the complaint.