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A Long Island man accused of sexually assaulting a teenager, is now accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill that teen. News 4's Greg Cergol reports.
A 45-year-old Long Island man previously charged with sexually abusing a teenage employee has now been charged with plotting to kill his alleged victim to prevent him from testifying, authorities said.
Daniel Miller was arraigned Thursday morning on conspiracy and criminal solicitation charges. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted. Bail was set in the amount of $5 million bond or $2.5 million cash. He is due back in court Aug 1.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said that Miller, the owner of a Santeria religious supplies store in Inwood, is currently incarcerated in the Nassau County Correctional Center after his April 19 arrest for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a 17-year-old male employee.
He was charged with criminal sexual act, among other crimes, in that incident. Those charges are currently pending, and he faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Rice said a confidential source contacted Nassau detectives in June and said he had information concerning a murder-for-hire plot involving Miller. The source said that he had been approached by a relative of Miller’s to visit Miller at the jail. During the visit, Miller allegedly asked the source to arrange to have the sexual abuse victim killed, and instructed the source to go to Miller’s home for more information.
When the source arrived at Miller’s home, he met with two of Miller’s family members who provided him with documents containing the intended victim’s personal information, Rice said. The source contacted police and met with Miller at the jail.
During that jail meeting, Miller allegedly offered to pay the source $15,000 to arrange the killing by making it look like a cell phone robbery. He allegedly told the source that his mother, a secretary at Lawrence High School, had stolen the personal records of the intended victim from the school.
Rice said the investigation is ongoing and charges could be filed against additional suspects, including Miller’s family members.
Prior to the alleged murder-for-hire plot, Miller had asked a relative to have an unidentified man make a Voodoo doll of the victim and stick pins and knives into it, and to use the victim’s photo and dirt from his house to perform a ritual intended to give the victim cancer, prosecutors said.
“Despite the devastating trauma the victim was put through at the hands of this defendant, Daniel Miller decided that it still wasn’t enough,” Rice said. “When murder-for-hire plots come to light, it is essential that law enforcement move quickly to ensure the safety of the intended victim and the arrest of the person pulling the strings."
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