A former long-haul Bath trucker who admitted taking a 13-year-old girl to Nebraska more than 20 years ago so he could sexually assault her was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland to more than 27 years in federal prison.
David Miller, 55, of Flushing, Michigan, was arrested nearly a year ago after the victim reported to police in 2015 that Miller, a relative, abused her when she was teenager and in 1995 he took her on a trip in his rig to the Midwest.
Miller faced between 10 years and life in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby sentenced him to 27 years and four months in federal prison. Miller most likely will die in prison due to his age.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Darcie McElwee recommended the judge impose a sentence of between 25 years and life. Defense attorney David Van Dyke of Lewiston urged the judge to sentence Miller to the mandatory minimum of 10 years.
Miller had been held without bail since his arrest Oct. 26, 2016, in Michigan. That time will be applied to his sentence.
Miller pleaded guilty June 1 to one count of transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Miller, who in the mid-1990s was employed by a large firm based in Omaha, admitted that he took the girl with him in June and July 1995 on work trips. She told police that Miller “raped her daily during the trip through multiple states,” according to court documents.
The woman is not named in the complaint, nor is the town or state where she now resides.
In September 2016, the victim confronted Miller about the alleged childhood abuse. Miller confessed, according to the complaint.
“I will never forget or forgive myself, and I will burn in hell forever,” he allegedly said in one text.
The statute of limitations for Miller’s crime had not expired in 2003 when Congress extended it to the life of a child victim, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Once a statute of limitations is extended by Congress, it may be applied to crimes that took place before enactment as long as the prior statute of limitations has not expired.
To reach an advocate for victims of sexual assault, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This free and confidential 24-hour service is accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest assistance.