QUINCY -- A Quincy man would automatically be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of the more serious charges he faces after being accused of sexually assaulting two children.
Donald F. Miller, 77, pleaded not guilty to nine sexual abuse-related charges Monday in Adams County Circuit Court. Because the case involves two different accusers, he would face a mandatory life sentence if convicted on two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony.
Miller was arrested Aug. 18 after Quincy police said he had inappropriate contact with two children. He was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, attempted predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. He was indicted by an Adams County grand jury Oct. 5.
On Oct. 24, Miller was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Each predatory criminal sexual assault charges carries a sentence of six to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections if convicted. Miller also faces the possibility of consecutive sentences if convicted of some of the other charges.
The case was placed on the February jury trial docket.
Miller is set to return to court Dec. 1 for a status hearing. He remains free after posting $13,500 bond.