A Roseburg man who was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl was found not guilty of first-degree rape in Douglas County Circuit Court Thursday, but was convicted of several felony sexual abuse crimes.

Robert Jerry Miller, 26, was found guilty of four counts of second-degree sexual abuse and four counts of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

The sex abuse charges stem from a relationship Miller had with the 17-year-old victim, who was unable to give consent because of her age.

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Miller waived his right to a trial by jury.

The victim alleged that Miller raped her on Feb. 15, 2016.

According to the victim, Miller said he wanted to have sex and she said she didn’t want to.

Miller then pushed her down on the bed, punched her in the ribs, forced her hands above her head and applied pressure to her throat, according to her testimony.

The victim said she told Miller “no” and “stop” several times.

In a report to police, the victim said Miller told her to “shut the fuck up,” and threatened to kill her.

“When he told me he was going to kill me, I didn’t think he was actually going to kill me, but I thought he would seriously hurt me,” the victim said.

She also said Miller bit her in the neck.

After the incident, the victim said her grandparents came to pick her up.

During testimony, there were varying timelines provided as to when the grandparents came to get the girl.

Judge William Marshall said the uncertainty with the timeline was part of the reason he did not convict Miller of rape. Multiple witnesses confirmed that Miller and the victim were in a relationship and had continued dating even after Miller knew the girl was underage.

Miller will be sentenced today at 3:30 p.m.

Saphara Harrell can be reached at 541-957-4216 or sharrell@nrtoday.com. Or on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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Saphara Harrell is the crime and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She previously worked at The World in Coos Bay. Follow her on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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bohica48

You censor the words "Dam with an "N", and H....The opposite of heaven as profane, vulgar, and obscene. Cover your ears if and/or when you go to church.

me2u

Thank you for publishing the explicit THREATS that this teenage girl was subjected to during her assault by a man 10 years her senior. Where is the outrage over the non conviction on the rape charge because of 'problems with the timeline'? There are always disruptions with memory surrounding a trauma. Think of what you can recall for the 24 hours after any traumatic experience. We are in our limbic systems (emotions/survival systems) and not our executive centers (thinking - problem solving- memory centers) of our brain. Could you recall your timeline for the day after the UCC Shooting? So many I have talked to are completely out of order/sequence. The rape statute in Oregon is:First-degree rape or sodomy: forcing another person to have sex, or having sex (or having or causing deviate sex for sodomy) with any of the following: a person under 12 years of age, a person under 16 years of age who is a sibling, of whole or half blood, or the offender's child or spouse's child, or a person incapable of consent due to mental defect, mental incapacitation, or physical helplessness.
This means the Judge believed she was not physically helpless. For women/girls in our society we 'scoff' at those who learn and then defend themselves and concurrently blame those who don't. If it was your 17-year-old daughter - would you hold her responsible for 'her disrupted timeline and not being physically helpless? Shame on us. To this young girl - I am so sorry this happened to you. I wish our community could surround you with support and love and guidance in moving forward. You did not deserve what happened to you with this man or in court. Think about your OUTRAGE over the " F "word versus your OUTRAGE over the RAPE. We have endemic levels of sexual assault, rape, child abuse in our community...let's consider constructive efforts to confront these crimes.

bohica48

He said it was "Part of the reason." We don't know the rest, and obviously he didn't want to explain. I think a jury most likely would have changed the outcome.

Mogie

Isn't the f word one of the dirty words not put into print by the media? Just because it is put in quote marks doesn't make it acceptable. What happened to journalistic standards?

Mogie

I can't use the f word but the paper can? Double standard.

Ian Campbell Staff
Ian Campbell

The reason — which might be one you don't like — is that we put a tremendous amount of thought into using obscenities in our articles. We group, we discuss and we consider the implications. Offensive language shouldn't be used in a gratuitous fashion, so when we include such words in our articles it's because we believe that the word(s) add emphasis, context or meaning.

You — and other readers — might do the same thing before commenting, but since we weren't involved in the debate, I'd have a harder time defending its use on our website or in our newspaper.

Mogie

I put tremendous amount of thought into using obscenities in my comments also but those comments are not accepted due to your own standards. Just wonder why what is good for the goose apparently in not good for the gander? Appears to be a do as I say not as I do situation.

Ian Campbell Staff
Ian Campbell

I have no doubt that you do. But as I said, at the end of the day, we are responsible for what appears on nrtoday.com and in The New-Review. I can defend our decision to use obscenities in every case because we've had that discussion internally. I can't possibly defend your usage because we haven't had that interaction.

If I were to start cursing in the comment section, I'd be OK with you calling me out for being hypocritical. As it stands, I'm more than comfortable with our current policies and how they're being enforced.

Thanks as always, Mogie.

bohica48

Why would you want to?

mynamehere

Interesting to see that the News Review can use the word "fu*k" spelled properly, but I can't because it's profanity.

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