Accused Child Molester Added to Crime Stoppers 10 Most Wanted List
August 15, 2013
Accused child molester arrested this morning
Just two days after being placed on Crime Stoppers’ 10 Most Wanted list, accused child molester Anthony Miller was arrested just over an hour ago in Fort Lauderdale. Miller was added to the list on Tuesday, and an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip was received just 24 hours later with information on his whereabouts. Members of the US Marshals Fugitive Warrants Task Force and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office worked hand in hand with authorities on the east coast of Florida to follow up on the tip and this morning, shortly after 8 a.m., Miller was taken into custody. He is currently enroute to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, where he will booked and later transported back to Lee County.
“Crime Stoppers is extremely grateful to the anonymous tipster who provided information on Miller’s whereabouts,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “The quick turnaround from the time Mr. Miller was placed on the 10 Most Wanted list to the time he was arrested this morning is a testament that the program works. Because someone had the sense of good citizenship to make that phone call, a man accused of a sickening crime is now behind bars.”
For further information, contact Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator, at 239-477-1407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 13, 2013
Accused child molester added to Crime Stoppers 10 Most Wanted list
A Cape Coral man accused of performing horrific acts upon at least one young girl has been added to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers’ 10 Most Wanted list.
Anthony Richard Miller (DOB 7-1-67) faces charges of lewd and lascivious conduct, the solicitation of sexual activity with a child, and lewd and lascivious molestation, which is considered a life felony. Miller, who is described by more than one victim as a bully with a drug habit and a fiery temper, is accused of forcing himself upon at least one young victim multiple times between March 2012 and March 2013. During that time, the little girl said Miller would touch her inappropriately, often times leaving bruises on the child. She stated that whenever Miller became angry, she was ordered to touch him in a lewd manner. In addition to those actions, detectives learned that Miller had also attacked an adult female on several occasions, leaving scars and black eyes, often times apologizing later and, at one point, even offering to buy everyone a pizza to make up for his unthinkable actions. He also kept the adult victim from seeking help by either taking away her cell phone or simply not permitting her to leave the residence. When the violent outbursts occurred, reports state that Miller’s response was simply “That’s what happens when you’re not good to your man.”
Also affected in his tirades were other children, also under the age of 12, who were allegedly exposed to either verbal, mental or physical abuse. Miller is accused of throwing his cat against the wall on several occasions, and telling young children that he would split their heads open and bury them in the backyard if they ever told anyone what he was doing. One of the younger victims, who was hesitant to come forward initially, told investigators that her body felt “bad” and that she felt guilty over what was taking place with Miller.
Once the charges came to light, and detectives had an opportunity to speak with Miller, he denied the allegations and retorted that he’d been trying to stay clean and had been reading the Bible. When a warrant for his arrest was finally issued, however, Miller went into hiding. Now, Crime Stoppers is counting on the community to help track down this accused molester.
“Mr. Miller is accused of committing acts that are stomach turning to any parent,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “If he has nothing to hide, we would encourage him to turn himself in immediately. However the mere fact that he’s hiding from the law tells us that perhaps he has something to hide or be ashamed about. Anyone with the capacity to hurt, threaten or injure a young child is a person who needs help, and who certainly needs to be removed from our neighborhoods and relocated to the confines of a jail cell.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Anthony Miller is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.
Note: A photo of Anthony Miller is attached to this release.
For additional information, contact Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator, at 239-477-1407.