HILLSBORO, Ore.- On October 11, 2019, a Washington County jury found John William Miller III guilty of five counts of first-degree sex abuse. On January 10, 2020, Judge Oscar Garcia sentenced the defendant to 150 months in prison. Deputy District Attorney Chris Lewman prosecuted the case against Mr. Miller III.

The defendant was a previously convicted sex offender when he moved in with the victim and her mother in 2012. The abuse began a few years later and spanned at least three years.

The abuse came to light when the victim was admitted to a hospital while suffering from suicidal thoughts. At this point, the victim disclosed details of the abuse to hospital staff. She was eventually interviewed by experts at CARES Northwest where she provided a more detailed account of the abuse.

During the course of the trial, additional details of the defendant’s misconduct were disclosed. The jury heard evidence that the defendant admitted to his sex offender treatment provider that he had been pulling down the victim’s pants in what he described as a game, and that he looked at “nudist minors” online.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the work of Detective Aaron Massey of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, as well as that of staff at the Oregon Department of Human Services and CARES Northwest.

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Stephen Mayer
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October 22, 2019