Internet dater Michael Miller arrested on investigation of sex assault

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - Jefferson County sheriff's investigators believe a man who met numerous women via Internet dating sites and other web pages sexually assaulted some of them over several years.

Michael David Miller, 28, of Aurora, was arrested on July 3 by Aurora police on a Jefferson County warrant for investigation of felony sexual assault. He's being held in Arapahoe County Jail while awaiting transfer to the Jefferson County Jail.

"It is suspected that during the course of the relationship, Miller used some level of force and/or intimidation to sexually assault woman," said Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office. "Investigators believe that some cases may have gone unreported due to the confusion, embarrassment and complexity in explaining the delicate circumstances to law enforcement."

"Through the suspect's own admission, there's some indication that other victims may exist who have not yet come forward," Kelley added. Women who feel victimized by Miller are asked to call Investigator Michalene Parreco at 303-271-5623.

According to an arrest affidavit, sheriff's investigators have identified three women who accuse Miller of sexually assaulting them during the past four years. Investigators have interviewed the three women, all who say they met Miller online.

 

--Woman met Miller on OKCupid.com--

The investigation began on June 2, when the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a woman who said she'd been sexually assault by a man she met on the dating website, OKCupid.com.

The woman told investigators that, after posting her profile on OKCupid.com, she received a text message in May through the website from a man using the screen name "mike22486." Those numbers match Michael David Miller's birth date. His OKCupid.com profile said Mike was 5-feet-10-inches tall and lived in Aurora.

On May 30, Mike messaged her, asking  if she wanted to get together. She explained that "he liked to spend time with people one on one, so he could get to know her better."

Mike said he could go to her Golden home, but added he didn't have a car to get there. The agreed he'd take a light rail train to Golden and she would pick him up at the station.

After they met at the light rail station, Mike began calling her "honey," the woman later told investigators. They talked about what they should do that evening, and Mike said he didn't have any money. So they went back to her apartment to have a pizza delivered.

When Mike learned the woman's roommate was at home, he asked "Are we still going to have time to get to know each other?"

At her apartment, Mike asked the woman to give him a tour. But once she pointed out her bedroom, he quickly entered it and sat down.

 

--After first meeting, man tells woman he's very 'touchy-feely'--

Mike told the woman he was a very "touchy-feely" and "affectionate" person. He was soon touching her thigh and breast and trying to get her to lay down on the bed with him, the affidavit said.

The woman said she told him, "I just want you to know from the beginning, I'm not having sex with you tonight." Using course language, Mike replied that he had "tremendous self-control and could engage in sexual things" without having sexual intercourse with her, the affidavit stated.

The woman said she began to feel uncomfortable and "very pressured" by Mike, who kept trying to put his hands under her shirt and bra, the affidavit said.

Eventually, the pizza arrived and the woman felt better as they ate.

She told investigators she noticed that Mike had three to six horizontal scars on his left forearm that she thought were self-inflicted, so she asked him about them. Mike didn't want to talk about the scars and she asked if he had any mental health issues.

Mike said he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and takes about six to eight medications. The woman said this made her feel uncomfortable about being around Mike, the affidavit said.

Mike soon removed the pizza box from the bed, laid back down and said, "So, where were we?"

As the woman repeated throughout the night, said she told Mike, "We're not having sex."

She told investigators that Mike became "dark and edgier" and she became very scared and worried. She suggested going to the mall, but Mike ignored the idea.

The situation spun out of control as Mike started to pull her pants off while the woman tried to stop him, saying, "No, absolutely not," the affidavit stated. He eventually sexually assaulted the woman.

After the attack, Mike asked, "You're still going to take me home, right?" the affidavit said.

The woman told investigators she drove Mike to his apartment building and dropped him off. "Thanks so much, honey, this was fantastic," he told the woman.

She said she drove to a nearby gas station and vomited. She soon called 911 to report the sexual assault and met a sheriff's investigator at a hospital, the affidavit said.

Investigators traced Mike's cellphone number to Michael David Miller, the affidavit said. They learned that Miller lived in an Aurora apartment building on South Victor Street.

When an investigator ran Miller's name through a law enforcement database, he found the man had several past contacts with police, including two incidents where he was accused of sexual assault.

 

--Miller had 2010 sexual assault arrest in Aurora--

Investigators found Miller had been arrested by Aurora police on investigation of felony sexual assault in August 2010. However, Arapahoe County prosecutors eventually dismissed that case against Miller.

In a statement, the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office said: "In 2011, [then] District Attorney Carol Chambers' office reviewed the facts of this case, consulted with -- and sought input from -- the victim as to the substance of the case and her interests in proceeding. Based upon all of the information and input available, the prosecutors assigned to the case decided to dismiss the case in the interests of justice."

In the current investigation, Jefferson County investigators located two other women who'd made past complaints to other police agencies that Miller sexual assaulted them.

Their allegations about Miller attacking them were similar to the Golden woman's account.

During a June 6 interview, a woman told Jefferson County investigators she met Miller when she was 19 years old on a Yahoo gaming website and they became friends.  The woman said Miller would begin making advances toward her, but he knew she was gay and couldn't get involved in a romantic relationship with him. She would say, "No," and he would stop.

Then the woman invited him over to watch a movie at her house. The woman said they were not drinking alcohol and she recalled drinking water or a soda. At times, she left the room to use the bathroom or go to the kitchen.

She told investigators she remembered sitting on the floor of her room, watching the movie and the next thing she knew she was "waking up to Miller raping her," the affidavit said. The woman said she fought to get him off her, but he was too strong.

She said he held her hands down during the assault and she had bruising on her arms and shoulder afterward, the affidavit said.

On June 20, a third woman was interviewed by investigators. She said she met Miller after responding to a Craigslist ad he posted, saying he was looking for a date.

 

--Miller asked women to meet in person, 'so they could to get to know each other'--

They talked a few times and then he asked if she wanted to meet him, "so they could get to know each other," the affidavit sid. They agreed to meet at 7-Eleven near her Aurora home, because Miller said he didn't drive and had to walk to the location.

When he arrived, he suggested they go to a nearby park. She told investigators she thought it was safet because it was a public place that was fairly populated.

She drove them in her car and sat in it at the park. She said Miller suggested she sit in the passenger seat and she did.

The woman told investigators Miller asked her to kiss him and she did, "and then it all happened so fast." Miller began climbing onto her and, pulling her pants offs, the affidavit said.

According to an Aurora police report cited in the affidavit, the woman told him to stop, saying she didn't want to have sex with him. But he pulled her jeans off so aggressively that he tore them. Then sexually he assaulted her while holding her hands over her head, the affidavit stated.

The woman also identified a photo of Michael Miller as the man who attacked her, investigators said.

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