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Firefighter admits to lewd conduct

Billy E. Miller Jr. faces up to life in prison

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Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 12:15 am | Updated: 10:56 am, Fri Nov 16, 2012.

COEUR d'ALENE - A 38-year-old North Idaho firefighter pleaded guilty Monday to having sex with a junior-high age girl in 2009 and 2010.

Billy E. Miller Jr., of Athol, who had been working as a lieutenant for Northern Lakes Fire District, appeared before 1st District Court Judge John Luster to enter his plea.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 17 on the charge of lewd conduct with a child under 16 years old, a charge that carries a maximum life prison sentence.

Three other related felony counts were dismissed as part of a plea deal his attorney, Brad Chapman, negotiated with the Kootenai County prosecutor's office.

Miller was terminated by the fire district on May 24, after leadership had received enough information from criminal investigators, said Jim Lyon, a spokesman for the district.

"It came as a surprise to all members of the department," Lyon said Monday. "Certainly our sympathies go out to the (victim's) family."

Miller has been held at Kootenai County jail since being arrested in early May.

The conduct occurred at his home on the 26000 block of North Harrier Lane.

Miller, according to a Kootenai County Sheriff's Department investigation report, admitted having sex with the girl, saying he used a condom to prevent a pregnancy. He also admitted to receiving oral sex from the girl, who was 13 and 14 years old at the time.

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6 comments:

  • Avy posted at 7:24 am on Tue, Oct 16, 2012.

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  • Just_K posted at 9:16 am on Sat, Jul 14, 2012.

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  • Just_K posted at 9:15 am on Sat, Jul 14, 2012.

    Just_K Posts: 84

    We should expect a 38 year old man to have the sense God gave a door know and NOT have lewd conduct with a minor child. There are no circumstances that would make this acceptable. Even if they both said it was consensual, a child of that age does not have the maturity to make that decision and he should have been mature enough to walk away and keep his fantasies in his mind. A prudent man would have stopped and thought about his family, his employment and his community not to mention his own self respect and conduct.

     
  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 7:08 pm on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    "a charge that carries a maximum life prison sentence."

    Anything less would be a crime, too. But I bet because he has been a Public Employee, Like our Former County Clerks Right hand woman will get a slap on the wrist. It's only just another breach of trust by our trusted officials, We should expect it of them all. Shouldn't We?

     
  • Joseph Jr posted at 10:00 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    Help me get this straight:

    "lewd conduct" ???

    QUOTE: "Three other related felony counts were dismissed as part of a plea deal his attorney, Brad Chapman, negotiated with the Kootenai County prosecutor's office."

    THREE FELONY COUNTS WERE DISMISSED?

    Most people are convicted (if guilty) of FELONY crimes. This fellow got 3 FELONY CRIMES DISMISSED?

    There are people who commit crimes as a result of being addicted to drugs or alcohol.

    Then there are people who commit crimes because they are of a criminal mind.

    If this had been an average "Joe Addict," the guy would have been convicted of ALL FELONIES! They turned this into a white collar crime.

     
  • JustMy2Cents posted at 8:07 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    JustMy2Cents Posts: 40

    Lock him up and throw away the key - hope there's nobody with moneybags deep enough to get this predator out of what he deserves!

     
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