Ahwatukee Man Arrested for Groping Joggers, Several Underage

by on November 11, 2013

12 females who jogged down Chandler Boulevard in Ahwatukee, AZ reported being groped by 73-year-old Bruce Miller. Initially, police received a call from one of the victims, a 14-year-old girl, who called to report a man who slapped her on the butt as she ran past him. After responding, however, officers found 11 girls with similar stories.

In total, 12 female joggers accused Miller of touching them inappropriately as they went past him. Victims included one 13-year-old, one 37-year-old, two 15-year-olds, two 16-year-olds, two 17-year-olds, and three 14-year-olds. One victim claimed that Miller grabbed her breast, while the others told officers their butts or thighs were touched.

Miller was subsequently arrested and has been indicted on 12 charges, including 5 felonies and 7 misdemeanors.

Groping is Sexual Abuse in Arizona

As defined by A.R.S. 13-1404, sexual abuse is committed when a person knowingly or intentionally engages in sexual contact with any person without consent of that person.

If the victim is over the age of 15, sexual abuse is typically charged as a class 5 felony in AZ; if the victim is under the age of 15, sexual abuse will likely be charged as a class 3 felony.

What is sexual contact?

Arizona law defines “sexual contact” as direct or indirect fondling, manipulating, or touching of any part of the genitals, anus, or female breast by any part of the body or by any object, or causing a person to engage in such contact.

Sex Offender Registration in Arizona

When an offender is convicted of sexual abuse in Arizona, and their victim was under the age of 18, they will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of their life. Registering as a sex offender has extremely detrimental effects on a person’s professional and social life as it can make it very difficult to find employment or a place to live.

If you have been accused of sexual abuse in Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, or another AZ city, the sex crime lawyers at JacksonWhite can help decrease your fines and penalties. Call us today at 480-818-9943 to schedule your confidential and free consultation with compassionate JacksonWhite sex crime defense attorney, Jeremy Geigle.

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