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ALLISON, Iowa – Deliberations are over and a verdict has been reached in the trial of a north Iowa man. 80-year-old Clarence Miller has been found guilty of 2 counts of second degree sexual abuse.
“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,” Miller said while taking the stand in his own defense earlier this week.
But now, the man who says he’s known as “grandpa” to many kids has been found guilty of sexually abusing two young girls.
“It’s been a long journey. We filed the charges over a year ago,” said Winnebago County Attorney Adam Sauer, one of the prosecuters.
And this long journey has not been an easy one.
“Anytime you have sex abuse case there’s always the challenge of dealing with the victims. In this case, 7 and 8 year old girls and their families,” Sauer said.
Miller’s sentencing date has been scheduled for November 26th. Each of his two convictions carry a prison term of up to 25 years, meaning miller could face up to 50 years behind bars.
“I’m happy with the jury’s decision and I certainly appreciate their time that they put in. I”m happy and I guess a little bit relieved,” Sauer said.
Miller also faces two more criminal trials for other sexual abuse charges.
The next trial is scheduled to begin at the end of this month.