Police: 'Sovereign' drifter molested 11-year-old

Liz Evans Scolforo

An apparent "sovereign citizen" accused of sexually assaulting his friend's 11-year-old daughter while the girl slept — and who's also accused of trying to get the girl to recant — remains in York County Prison on $1 million bail.

When confronted by the friend about why he allegedly molested her daughter, Keith Aaron Miller allegedly told the woman, "I guess I loved you all too much," according to charging documents filed by state police.

Keith Aaron Miller

Miller, 42, of no fixed address, is charged with the felonies of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of a minor as well as the misdemeanors of unlawful restraint, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of a child and intimidation of witnesses or victims. Court documents indicates he hails from Conowingo, Maryland.

It is unclear whether he has retained an attorney.

State police allege the sexual assault happened in the home of Miller's parents, on Muddy Creek Road in Fawn Township, about 5:20 a.m. Friday.

The allegations: According to charging documents, Miller took his friend's daughter to his parents' house, where they watched a movie. The girl fell asleep on a couch while watching television, police said.

The girl told investigators she awoke, discovered "everything was kind of blurry" and realized Miller was touching her genitals, charging documents state.

She said her leggings and underwear had been pulled down, and that Miller was touching her genitals both with his fingers and with his tongue, documents allege.

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The girl tried to jump up and told Miller to get away from her, at which point Miller — clad only in gray boxer shorts — held down both her arms and "began saying he was sorry," according to documents.

The girl broke free, pulled up her underwear and leggings, grabbed her phone and ran to the bathroom, police said.

Locked in bathroom: She locked herself inside the bathroom and called her mother as Miller knocked on the bathroom door and tried to convince the girl to let him inside, charging documents state.

The mother immediately drove to the Fawn Township home to pick up the girl, calling 911 on the way and summoning state troopers there, according to police.

En route, "she encountered Miller on the roadway fleeing from the residence" and asked him why he assaulted her daughter, documents state.

That's when Miller said, "I guess I loved you all too much," police allege.

The exchange was recorded by York County 911 because the mother was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher when she spoke with Miller, documents state.

The girl and her mother were interviewed later, after they went to York Hospital so the girl could be examined and treated.

No 'straight answer': The mother told troopers Miller had contacted her several times during the few hours between the alleged assault and his arrest, asking to meet with her and the girl and saying he wanted the girl to tell police "that it never happened," according to charging documents.

"(The mother) reported that she kept asking Miller why he did it, but he would not give her a straight answer," documents state.

Troopers interviewed Miller about 9 a.m. Friday at their barracks in Loganville.

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He denied having any sexual contact with the girl, according to police.

During the interview, Miller repeatedly made comments "pertaining to sovereign citizen ideology" and signed police documents using sovereign citizen terminology, according to charging documents.

About sovereigns: According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, sovereigns believe that they — not judges, juries, law enforcement or elected officials — get to decide which laws to obey and which to ignore, and they don't think they should have to pay taxes.

"(A) reasonable estimate of hard-core sovereign believers in early 2011 would be 100,000, with another 200,000 just starting out by testing sovereign techniques for resisting everything from speeding tickets to drug charges, for an estimated total of 300,000," according to the center's website. It continues:

"The weapon of choice for sovereign citizens is paper. A simple traffic violation or pet-licensing case can end up provoking dozens of court filings containing hundreds of pages of pseudo-legal nonsense."

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.