Police: Man assaulted 8-year-old girl

John Joyce

State police officers say a Gettysburg man sexually abused an 8-year-old girl while staying with her family in York County in 2015.

The man gained the girl's confidence by letting her and her sister play games and watch videos on his cellphone, according to court documents.

Mickey Miller, 32, of Gettysburg, is charged with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl.

Mickey Miller, 32, is charged with indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, corruption of minors, indecent assault without consent, indecent assault by forcible compulsion and harassment.

According to the charging documents, Miller moved into the victim's family's Codorus Township home in October or November 2015 to help the parents meet their bills. He and the victim's father had been friends since age 4 but had lost contact. They reconnected in the spring of 2015, according to the documents.

While living with the family, Miller developed a close relationship with the two daughters, ages 8 and 6. Miller often bought gifts for the girls, including markers and coloring books, but he seemed to "favor" the older girl, the documents said. He bought her an expensive pair of boots but did not do so for the younger girl.

In late January 2016, Miller and the victim got into a fight during which he called her a derogatory name, resulting in his being kicked out of the house. Days later, on Feb. 8, a complaint was filed with authorities alleging Miller touched the victim on her "private parts."

In interviews with both siblings, the two young girls confirmed Miller would allow them to sit on his lap and play games or watch videos on his cellphone. He also signed up for a YouTube Kids account for the girls, the documents said.

In his own interview with police, sometimes he and the girls would "snuggle up" under the covers, Miller admitted

On five reported occasions, Miller allegedly slipped his hands into the 8-year-old's pants under her underwear and touched her inappropriately. During at least one of the alleged assaults, the younger sister was seated next to Miller as this happened, the documents said.

Miller allegedly reached out to the parents after being kicked out of the house. Via a Facebook message, he called the fight that resulted in his eviction a "misunderstanding," and he told the parents "bonds were made" and to break them would "be a shame," the documents said.

Miller was arrested Tuesday and subsequently released on a $25,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Court Judge Thomas Reilly Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

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