Grove man earns 3 years prison for sex with minor


By Mark Hamilton - info@limanews.com



OTTAWA — A 42-year-old Columbus Grove man received the maximum sentence of three years in prison Monday for having sex with a minor.

Joshua B. Miller, of Columbus Grove, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for importuning and 18 months for gross sexual imposition by Putnam County Common Pleas Court Judge Keith Schierloh. Miller was given credit for 108 days served and any additional days while awaiting prison. A charge of rape was dismissed. He was also registered as a Tier One sex offender and will have to register every year for 15 years.

Judge Schierloh ordered the sentences to be served consecutively, noting the lack of remorse shown for the offense.

Miller’s defense attorney Gregory Hermiller said Miller suffered a difficult childhood that included abuse and has never had any treatment to deal with his issues. He said Miller would like to receive treatment and wants to become a good role model for his 9-year-old child. Miller has used drug and alcohol “as a crutch,” Hermiller said.

But Judge Schierloh noted that Miller’s pre-sentence investigation showed various offenses including community control violations, failure to register and some misdemeanor charges. Miller also said he was in the WORTH Center in 1998 when he was sent back to prison. Judge Schierloh noted he had opportunities to receive counseling from his past prison terms. At 18, he was imprisoned for having sex with a 13-year-old. Miller replied he thought she was 15.

“It’s your responsibility for you to know,” the judge said. “I totally understand that,” Miller replied.

Putnam County Prosecutor Gary Lammers recommended consecutive sentences and said the state would not object to a motion for judicial release to an inpatient facility.

Judge Schierloh said Miller never had treatment or did anything with it and it is up to him to change.

“Mr. Miller, the court has no easy answer for you today,” Judge Schierloh said.

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By Mark Hamilton

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