Mother says accused man wanted to buy her daughter

Mother says accused man wanted to buy her daughter

Clarence  Miller trial

Clarence Miller appeared in Butler County District Court in Allison Tuesday on the second day of proceeding on two counts of second-degree sexual abuse.

ALLISON | A Thompson man allegedly offered the mother of an 8-year-old Buffalo Center girl $50,000 to sell him her child, according to testimony in the the second day of Clarence Miller's sexual abuse trial in Butler County District Court.

Miller, 80, Thompson, is being tried on two counts of second-degree sexual abuse involving sex acts with two 8-year-old girls between January 2010 and August 2012.

The mother of Miller's alleged second victim testified in court Tuesday with help from an interpreter since she doesn't speak English.

On the witness stand, the woman recalled a conversation with Miller and his daughter Sarah where the offer was made. Sarah, who was friends with the woman, was translating.

"I told him no. My daughter is not a stuffed animal, not a toy I can sell," the woman said.

Under cross-examination, defense attorney John Sorensen did not ask the woman anything about the alleged offer by Miller to buy the young girl.

Assistant Iowa Attorney General Susan Krisko asked the woman if she took the offer seriously. She said she did but she told no one else about the conversation.

The mother of the other victim in the case, an 8-year-old Thompson girl, also took the stand Tuesday.

She said her daughter started to soil herself after spending the night at Miller's house. The girl also complained of pain in her genital area and didn't want her mother to give her a bath. The issues resolved themselves after the girl stopped visiting Miller, the  mother testified.

The Buffalo Center victim took the witness stand Tuesday telling a story similar to the first victim of games and gifts at the Miller home as well as abuse.

The girl with long dark hair pulled back in a ponytail said Miller abused her while she was sitting on his lap playing computer games and in his van when he would pick her up or bring her home after a visit.

At one point she asked him to stop and threatened to tell her mother.

She said Miller told her not to tell, that he would be sent to jail. She didn't tell what happened to her until asked about the allegations by her parents.

 The girl also testified she saw Miller abusing the other victim in the case.

She said she never told her mother because "I was scared she'd take me home."

 The last witness to take the stand Tuesday afternoon was Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Chris Callaway. He confronted Miller on Aug. 16, 2012, about allegations unrelated to the two female victims. The Buffalo Center child happened to be visiting with Miller that day.

Several days later, Callaway and Jennifer Hitchcock with the Iowa Department of Human Services contacted the families of both girls to find out if anything inappropriate had happened between them and Miller. Both girls eventually told their parents about what Miller allegedly did to them.

The girls were taken by their parents to the Allen Child Protection Center in Cedar Falls for interviews and medical examinations.

The case is being tried in Butler County District Court in Allison following a change of venue. Testimony will resume in Allison at 9 a.m. today.






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