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ALLISON, Iowa – After a week of witness testimony and evidence presented by both sides, the case of Clarence Miller is now in the hands of the jury.
However, not before Miller himself, takes the stand to plead his innocence.
80-year-old Clarence Miller is accused of sexually abusing two young girls in this case but says his relationship with the girls was that of a grandfather-figure.
“I felt it to be an honor to be called grandpa. To me that is an honor. We have a lot of grandchildren and even when I drove the school bus and would pull up in front of the school and would wait for kids to come by, little kids would walk by and call me grandpa. It’s kind of my nickname,” said Miller.
The defense goes on to describe Miller as a family man who always placed the needs of others before his.
So when asked about the allegations that he offered to pay $50,000 for one of the children, his answer was clear.
“I never did and I heard that story and it’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard in my life. I never offered to buy anybody. Nor would I ever offer to buy anybody for any amount of money,” said Miller.
After studying everything from text-messages sent to pictures drawn by the two girls depicting the alleged sex acts, the defense made their closing arguments.
“What we can say is we have a child who says I was sexually abused, they have a medical examination that says, ‘yep, that’s consistent with what they said”, and we have those red flags. Again, a lot of you wanted more, we’ve given you more,” said Susan Krisko, Prosecutor.
The defense however believes the reasonable doubt is there.
“It can come if some of the state’s evidence isn’t credible or it can com if a defendant presents something that casts doubt on that which the state is alleging. There are all kinds of ways and I think in this case, all of those things are present,” said John Sorensen, Defense Attorney.
We now wait on the jury to deliberate Friday morning and come to a verdict on the case.
In total miller is being charged with six counts of second-degree sexual abuse between other cases.
If convicted of every Class B felony count, Miller faces up to 150 years behind bars according to Winnebago County attorney’s.