PRINCETON — The Fort Branch man facing five charges, including rape and child molestation, pleaded guilty in Gibson County Circuit Court last week.
Joshua Miller, 23, appeared in court with his counsel Daniel Hancock, and a written plea agreement was filed with the court. Miller pleaded guilty to child molesting a level 3 felony; child solicitation, a level 4 Felony; sexual misconduct with a minor, level 4 felony; and child solicitation, level 5 felony.
The charges against Miller stem from an investigation conducted by Gibson County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Roger Ballard.
In an interview with police, a girl described sexual conduct with Miller in 2018 when she was 15 and he was 21. The probable cause affidavit in the case stated Miller made requests for sex by Snapchat and Instagram and would travel to meet the girl.
In the affidavit, police report that Ballard interviewed Miller, who admitted to having sex with the girl more than once in 2018.
The affidavit states a second juvenile told police in interviews that Miller forced her to have sex with him when she was 13 and he was 20. Ballard reported in the affidavit that when he interviewed Miller, Miller admitted to having sex with the second juvenile in front of a third juvenile.
On Aug. 29, Ballard interviewed a fourth juvenile who told him, according to the affidavit, that Miller solicited sexual conduct from her in July through Instagram when she was 15 and he was 21.
A pre-sentence investigation report was ordered and the jury trial scheduled for September was canceled.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 15.