Sex offender gets time served, stern warning for 1998 assault

A judge has sentenced a repeat sex offender to the equivalent of seven years in prison for sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl in a basement storage room almost 13 years ago.

The girl, now 19, cannot remember what Glenn John Miller looked like, but Toronto Police sex crimes unit officers were able to identify him nine years after the offence through a historic DNA match and arrested him in 2007.

He immediately confessed, but minimized the extent of the assault. He has been in jail awaiting trial ever since.

On Friday, Ontario Superior Court Justice Michael Code sentenced the 50-year-old former soldier to time served — the equivalent of seven years — which means he will be almost immediately released to serve three years of strict probation.

In doing so, the judge accepted the joint recommendation of Crown prosecutor Stefania Fericean and court-appointed defence lawyer Peter Boushy.

He noted that Miller, who uses a wheelchair, has a worsening spinal condition that reduces his risk to the public.

But Code issued a warning.

He told Miller he would be “really, really mad” if he violated any of the terms of his release, which include avoiding places where children gather. “If you come back here again, you’ll never see the outside of a jail.”

Miller entered the east-central Toronto apartment building where the 6-year-old girl lived on Aug. 14, 1998 and lured her to a basement storage room, where he performed a sex act as she cried and begged to be let go.

She was so severely traumatized by the assault by the stranger that she never fully told her parents what happened.

Miller pleaded guilty on Thursday and was convicted Friday for sex assault and forcible confinement. The judge noted his long history of drug abuse, voyeurism and exposing himself. He had a previous sex assault conviction in 1988. He has received counselling and has been diagnosed as a heterosexual pedophile with multiple sexual disorders.

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