- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska teacher is accused of sexually abusing one of his seven adopted children in Missouri and has agreed to return to that state to face charges.

Owen Miller, 42, appeared at a court hearing Wednesday by phone from the Nome jail, the Alaska Dispatch News (https://is.gd/l36fpH) reported. That’s where he’s been held on $100,000 bail since his Aug. 29 arrest in the village of Kiana, where he had been teaching since 2013.

KNOM radio reported last week that Miller, his wife and adopted children moved to Alaska in 2010. Miller told KNOM he and his wife divorced and she moved to Wasilla.

“I planned a new life in Alaska,” he said.

A probable-cause statement from Andrew County, Missouri, says one of the children last year told a Wasilla police officer that Miller had done inappropriate things to her for years, beginning with a 2002 “marriage ceremony” in Savannah, Missouri, which is about an hour north of Kansas City. According to the probable-cause statement, the abuse included sex acts and alcohol.

Miller denied the allegations.

“I didn’t do what I’ve been charged with,” he told KNOM. “I don’t know what to say beyond that.”

Miller was wanted in Missouri on a warrant on statutory rape, child molestation, sodomy and incest charges.

The adopted children also “recalled several incidents being locked into the basement, attic or outside,” according to the probable-cause statement, which said the children would go on average two days without food if they got into trouble.

Miller’s wife has not been charged, and it’s unclear if she and her family are still in Alaska.

Alaska law enforcement officials said there’s no reason to believe Miller abused other children in the state. The Missouri court filing, however, says abuse occurred both in Missouri and Alaska.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Miller waived extradition. He plans to hire an attorney in Missouri, he said.

In Alaska, Miller passed all background checks, according to Northwest Arctic Borough School District Superintendent Annmarie O’Brien.

“Unfortunately, this is something that occurred that wasn’t on the radar anywhere,” she said.

Miller had no prior criminal history in either Alaska or Missouri, Alaska State Trooper Nathan Sheets said.


Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com

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