A Byesville man accused video taping a sexual encounter with a then 15-year-old girl has entered negotiated guilty pleas to the felony charges returned against him by a Guernsey County grand jury earlier this year.
Michael T. Miller, 29, plead guilty to single counts of illegal use of a minor or impaired person in nudity-oriented material or performance and pandering obscenity involving a minor or impaired person, second-degree felonies, and one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a third-degree felony.
Guernsey County Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel G. Padden ordered a presentence investigation report prior to a sentencing hearing scheduled for Nov. 5. He could face up to 21 years in prison.
The grand jury indicted Miller on June 15.
The offenses were alleged to have been committed between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2020.
A jury trial scheduled to start in August was continued after the prosecuting attorney's office and defense counsel reached a negotiated plea agreement.
Charges against Miller were initially filed in the Cambridge Municipal Court, but were later dismissed after he was indicted by the grand jury.More:Felony charges dismissed, grand jury indicts Michael Miller
Miller was interviewed by a detective on June 2 of this year after the incident was reported to the Guernsey County Sheriff's Office.
After the interview, Miller was incarcerated in the county jail on a felony investigation hold until charges could be filed the next day.
Investigators declined to release additional details regarding the incident due to the on-going status of the case and the victim's age. The girl has since turned 16, according to reports.
Miller is prohibited from having any contact with the victim.
He remains incarcerated in the county jail on a $250,000, cash or surety, bond and a personal recognizance bond with special conditions.