Man Accused Of Rape At Special Olympic Practice

The headline pretty much says it all. And, suffice it to say, it’s not exactly the feel-good story of the weekend: A man has been accused of raping a mentally handicapped woman during a Special Olympics basketball practice.

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According to THE TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT, Michael Allen Miller, 36, confessed “to twice having sexual intercourse with the woman, who suffers from Down syndrome and has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old.”

Yeesh.

Meanwhile, the story the woman told the police makes it sound a bit harsher:

In an interview with state police, the woman said the assaults occurred while she and Miller were at a Special Olympics basketball practice game in late April and early May. She said Miller took her into a dark room, removed her pants and molested her.

State police said Miller initially denied knowing the woman or attending any Special Olympics functions. As the interview progressed, however, he admitted to having sexual intercourse on two occasions, authorities said.

In a court document, Trooper Joel Penatzer said Miller said he is aware the woman is mentally disabled, adding that she “acts like a child, has disabilities she can’t control and speaks to imaginary friends.”

While the saying goes that “everyone is innocent until proven guilty”, this guy’s sordid past doesn’t necessarily bode well for his trial.

The LEBANON DAILY NEWS reports that the man previously served time after “pleading guilty in March 2000 to charges relating to the death of his 4-month-old son”, whatever that means.

And that’s all we’re really going to say about this one. If you’ll excuse us, we have to take a nice long shower and wash off the gross. Happy Saturday, everyone!

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