Donald A. Miller

A New Castle man is facing up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to rape of a child.

Donald A. Miller, 43, of 338 Laurel Blvd. entered the plea in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 28.

On that same day, Miller is to be sentenced in federal court on related charges, after pleading guilty in October to exploiting a minor for sexual purposes.

He is currently in jail, where he has been since he was arrested in early January.

Originally, Miller was charged with 29 criminal counts in Lawrence County after New Castle police alleged he had used a computer tablet to record sex acts with an 8-year-old girl.

Police said the incident came to light after a woman had purchased the tablet at an Ohio flea market in December 2013 and found the images on it. The woman contacted police, who traced the device to Miller.

After Miller was charged in Lawrence County, federal officials also filed charges against him. Because of the federal guilty plea, Miller could face life in prison, a $500,000 fine or both.

In Lawrence County, Miller entered his guilty plea before President Judge Dominick Motto. In exchange for the plea, the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office recommended a sentence of 15 to 30 years.

Prior to local sentencing, Miller will be assessed by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board to determine if he should be classified as a sexually violent predator. He will be required to register under Megan’s Law as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

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