Let’s not do that again


Milt Miley wanted a new trial. He might regret the appeal after getting an additional three years in prison.

A seven-woman, five-man jury deliberated for just over an hour Monday afternoon before convicting Miley on all 57 counts. The jury ruled he molested two teenage brothers over a four-year period. Richland County Common Pleas Judge James Henson sentenced Miley to 38 years in prison. Miley received 35 years after his May 2005 case, but he faced more charges this time.

Miley received a retrial because of a judicial error in the first case.

“We didn’t want to get into any bad acts or any previous convictions,” Prosecutor James Mayer Jr. said of this trial.

Defense attorney Joseph Salzgeber said another appeal is possible.

“We’re going to consider our options,” he said. “We’re obviously disappointed in the outcome.”

Assistant Prosecutor Bambi Couch-Page, who tried both cases with Mayer, hopes she never sees Miley again.

“It’s done, and we made sure everything was clean,” she said while accepting congratulations from a number of people.

The father of the brothers smiled as Henson read the verdict, while his sister clasped hands with the mother of Miley’s previous victim. The two women, near tears, were barely able to contain their joy.

Four of Miley’s loved ones sat quietly on the opposite side of the courtroom.
The victims’ father credited the state.

“I’m just so appreciative of the prosecutor’s office,” he said. “They really get after it.”
The brothers, who spent a combined 11 hours on the stand, were not present for the verdict. Their father discouraged them from attending.

“They’re doing better,” he said, “but there are still some issues they’re going to have to deal with the rest of their lives.”

Henson also declared Miley a sexual predator, meaning he will have to register with the county sheriff every 90 days for the rest of his life upon his release from prison.

Mayer predicted Miley would not make it out of prison.

“He’ll be an old man if he lives that long,” the prosecutor said. “It’s pretty hard to live that long when you’re in the Ohio penal system.”

Henson ruled Miley presents the greatest threat of recidivism.

“It’s not his first time,” the judge said. “It’s not even the second time.”

Couch-Page said Miley demonstrated a “behavioral blueprint.”

“He targets young boys,” she said. “He likes blond-haired, blue-eyed boys from families that are in a tumultuous time. He places himself in the role of father figure or someone who can be trusted.

“Mr. Miley doesn’t view his behavior as anything out of the ordinary.”

Salzgeber asked Henson for the lesser declaration of sexually oriented offender, pointing out he had been a law-abiding citizen for the bulk of his life.

Miley declined to address the court.

Jurors shook hands with Mayer and Couch-Page as they left the courtroom. Some also shook hands with Salzgeber, who admitted some of the defense witnesses didn’t help Miley’s case.

“Some of them were nervous,” he said. “That’s not always conducive to getting everything out there.”

The verdict concluded a grueling nine-day trial that saw three witnesses take the stand for more than four hours. Henson made note of the lengthy case as he retired to his chambers.

“Let’s not do this again,” he said to the attorneys with a smile.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Published in: on October 23, 2007 at 2:34 am  Leave a Comment  

Let’s not do that again


Milt Miley wanted a new trial. He might regret the appeal after getting an additional three years in prison.

A seven-woman, five-man jury deliberated for just over an hour Monday afternoon before convicting Miley on all 57 counts. The jury ruled he molested two teenage brothers over a four-year period. Richland County Common Pleas Judge James Henson sentenced Miley to 38 years in prison. Miley received 35 years after his May 2005 case, but he faced more charges this time.

Miley received a retrial because of a judicial error in the first case.

“We didn’t want to get into any bad acts or any previous convictions,” Prosecutor James Mayer Jr. said of this trial.

Defense attorney Joseph Salzgeber said another appeal is possible.

“We’re going to consider our options,” he said. “We’re obviously disappointed in the outcome.”

Assistant Prosecutor Bambi Couch-Page, who tried both cases with Mayer, hopes she never sees Miley again.

“It’s done, and we made sure everything was clean,” she said while accepting congratulations from a number of people.

The father of the brothers smiled as Henson read the verdict, while his sister clasped hands with the mother of Miley’s previous victim. The two women, near tears, were barely able to contain their joy.

Four of Miley’s loved ones sat quietly on the opposite side of the courtroom.
The victims’ father credited the state.

“I’m just so appreciative of the prosecutor’s office,” he said. “They really get after it.”
The brothers, who spent a combined 11 hours on the stand, were not present for the verdict. Their father discouraged them from attending.

“They’re doing better,” he said, “but there are still some issues they’re going to have to deal with the rest of their lives.”

Henson also declared Miley a sexual predator, meaning he will have to register with the county sheriff every 90 days for the rest of his life upon his release from prison.

Mayer predicted Miley would not make it out of prison.

“He’ll be an old man if he lives that long,” the prosecutor said. “It’s pretty hard to live that long when you’re in the Ohio penal system.”

Henson ruled Miley presents the greatest threat of recidivism.

“It’s not his first time,” the judge said. “It’s not even the second time.”

Couch-Page said Miley demonstrated a “behavioral blueprint.”

“He targets young boys,” she said. “He likes blond-haired, blue-eyed boys from families that are in a tumultuous time. He places himself in the role of father figure or someone who can be trusted.

“Mr. Miley doesn’t view his behavior as anything out of the ordinary.”

Salzgeber asked Henson for the lesser declaration of sexually oriented offender, pointing out he had been a law-abiding citizen for the bulk of his life.

Miley declined to address the court.

Jurors shook hands with Mayer and Couch-Page as they left the courtroom. Some also shook hands with Salzgeber, who admitted some of the defense witnesses didn’t help Miley’s case.

“Some of them were nervous,” he said. “That’s not always conducive to getting everything out there.”

The verdict concluded a grueling nine-day trial that saw three witnesses take the stand for more than four hours. Henson made note of the lengthy case as he retired to his chambers.

“Let’s not do this again,” he said to the attorneys with a smile.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Published in: on October 23, 2007 at 2:34 am  Leave a Comment  

Suicidal Pedophile

A 41-year-old Anderson man is being held on $100,000 full-cash bond at the Madison County Jail on four charges of child molestation.

Alvin P. Butler is accused of having sex with a 10-year-old girl multiple times beginning in July. He was arraigned on the charges Monday.

School officials notified police on Friday after the girl told them what was taking place, according to court documents. The girl said the molestations took place when he was watching her while her mother went to Bible study class.

When the girl’s mother learned of the allegations, she “accosted” him, according to the court papers. He attempted suicide when the woman confronted him, and was arrested at the Anderson Center.


Police and prosecutors sought the higher bond because Butler is considered a flight risk. He has a long criminal history and is wanted in Nevada on unspecified charges. He has only lived in Indiana for eight months and doesn’t have strong ties to Anderson.

Three of the child molesting charges are Class A felonies punishable by 20 to 50 years in prison if convicted. He is also charged with child molesting as a Class C felony, which carries a term of two to eight years behind bars. A fifth charge, of attempted child molestation, is also a Class A felony.

Published in: on October 23, 2007 at 1:41 am  Leave a Comment