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Providence technician enters plea agreement in sexual abuse case

Jerzy Shedlock

Allen Kelly Miller, a former patient care technician at Providence Alaska Medical Center charged with inappropriately touching two underage girls in his care, has entered into a plea agreement with the state. The 28-year-old has pleaded guilty to a single charge of second-degree attempted sexual abuse of a minor while two additional charges have been dropped.

Miller was originally charged with first-degree harassment and third-degree sexual abuse of a minor in addition to attempted sex abuse. Now, the state has dismissed the other two felonies through a plea deal.

He faces a presumed sentence of two to 12 years behind bars for the one remaining charge, but the sentencing remains open -- the state has made no recommendation on the length of Miller’s prison term. If the state successfully argues aggravators, evidence that can increase a defendant’s guilt, Miller faces a maximum possible sentence of 99 years and a $100,000 fine.

According to the plea deal filed in late January in Anchorage, Miller agreed to the factual basis of the charges lodged against him.

On Aug. 30, 2013, a 17-year-old at Providence reported to the Anchorage Police Department that Miller had abused her. According to an affidavit, the teen had been hospitalized for an extended period after a vehicle accident. She awoke in her hospital bed on Providence’s pediatric wing and found Miller touching her thighs, the court document says.

About a month later, a 14-year-old patient told her family Miller sexually abused her on two occasions. The girl’s brother-in-law witnessed one of these instances while resting in her hospital room. Miller reportedly thought the brother-in-law was asleep, but he was actually awake and “had seen Miller come in and almost lay down on (the victim) while his hands were under the blankets,” the affidavit says.

Miller realized he was being watched and tried to explain away the suspicious behavior, saying he was just changing heart monitor pads on the girl’s body, the affidavit says.

The 14-year-old told police Miller sexually abused her months earlier but was too scared to call for help or report what had happened “because she was dependent on Miller for her care.”

Miller only started the position in January 2013, though he’d previously worked as a medical care provider in Oregon, police say. Patient care technicians work under nurses and help admit patients, take vital signs and sometimes give baths. Providence fired Miller three days before the state handed up charges to the Anchorage Superior Court.

The state’s Office of Children’s Services and the Anchorage Police Department report they are seeing more sex abuse cases involving children than in years past. Reasons for the increase are not entirely clear; it could be there are more children being abused, or it could mean the avenues for reporting and detecting such crimes have improved.

In 2013 the Anchorage Police Department, which investigates any report of harm against a child regardless of who the alleged abuser is, investigated 271 reports of children being sexually abused. Of those, 61 led to arrests.

Miller entered his plea after three months in an Anchorage jail. Sentencing, set for May 30 in Anchorage, will require Miller to register as a sex offender for 15 years.

Contact Jerzy Shedlock at jerzy(at)alaskadispatch.com. Follow him on Twitter @jerzyms.