An Amish man pleaded guilty to raping a teenage girl in Parkman Township this summer.
With nearly a dozen family members seated in the courtroom Monday, Raymond F. Miller, 18, of Reeves Road in Parkman Township, admitted to Geauga County Common Pleas Court Judge Forrest Burt that he engaged in unwanted sexual conduct with minor girl on June 7.
Miller knew the victim, who lives in the same community, a source familiar with the investigation told the Maple Leaf.
He ambushed the girl at a community food cooler located in a wooded area and raped her, the source said. The sexual assault ended when another girl interrupted them and the victim and the other girl fled the area. The minor then reported the crime to her parents, the source added.
Miller was indicted on June 24 and charged with two counts of rape in the first degree and one count each of kidnapping and sexual battery — felonies of the first and third degrees, respectively.
As part of his plea agreement, Miller pleaded guilty to one count of rape. The state agreed to dismiss all other counts at the time of sentencing. Prosecutors also agreed to remain silent at sentencing, which is expected in about six to eight weeks.
Burt asked Miller if he understood he was admitting to rape in the first degree.
“Yes,” he answered.
“Are you telling me that you engaged in sexual conduct with another person?” Burt asked Miller.
“Yes, your honor,” Miller responded in a low, monotone voice, staring straight ahead.
“And are you telling me that you forced that other person to participate in that sexual conduct against her will?”
“Yes, your honor.”
“And you knew that she didn’t want to have sex with you at the time, correct?”
“So you forced her to do it, correct?”
“Yes, your honor.”
“Then I find you guilty,” Burt said.
The judge told Miller he will be sent to prison and faces a potential sentence of three to 11 years.
“And when I say ‘will be,’ the court has no choice; I have to send you to prison.” Burt said. “I do have a choice as to how long, but I do have to send you to prison.”
Miller also faces a potential fine of up to $20,000 and five years of mandatory post-release control or probation.
In addition, Miller will be labeled as a Tier 3 sexual offender, requiring him to register for life with the sheriff or chief law enforcement officer in the county in which he resides every 90 days.
“You cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school or a child care facility. That includes Amish schools, not just public schools,” Burt told Miller. “So, when you’re out of prison, you cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school, do you understand all of that?”
“Yes,” Miller replied.
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