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Man, 50, charged in rape of girl

Courtney Astolfi • Nov 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM

An Oak Harbor man was arrested Tuesday for the alleged years-long sexual abuse of a girl.

Eugene Miller, 50, of the 100 block of W. Water St., was charged with two counts each of rape and gross sexual imposition and one count each of kidnapping and felonious sexual penetration.

Miller’s alleged victim is now 22 years old. She went to Sandusky police in March and told them about the alleged crimes, Sandusky police Detective Dana Newell said.

The woman told investigators Miller began abusing her when she was just 4 or 5 years old, Newell said.

The incidents began as inappropriate touching, but allegedly progressed to where Miller raped the child on an ongoing basis, up until she was a sophomore in high school, police said.    

The alleged abuse occurred at a West Perkins Avenue home and at a Perry Street home.

When detectives called Miller in for interviews, he initially refused to appear, Newell said. When he finally showed up for questioning, he immediately asked for an attorney and offered no further comment.

An Erie County grand jury indicted him on the charges earlier this month.

Oak Harbor police arrested him Tuesday afternoon and took him to the Erie County jail, where he remains on $75,000 bond.

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