Man sentenced to 5 years in sexual assault
Convicted, victim were former neighbors in assisted-living facility
VICTORVILLE • The man convicted of sexual assault against a developmentally-disabled Barstow man was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison, court records show.
Elijah Miller, 32, pleaded no contest on July 23 to forced sexual penetration and sodomy by force causing bodily injury, according to court records.
Miller was arrested Jan. 24 at his Apple Valley home after authorities said they gained significant evidence supporting allegations he sexually assaulted a 25-year-old man.
The assault in question happened at the Barstow home of the victim, police investigation revealed. Miller located the residence, gained entry and committed several sexual acts on the victim, authorities said.
The two men were once neighbors at an assisted living facility in Rialto, according to previous reports.
Authorities later learned the victim’s family had moved the victim to Barstow to avoid Miller once it was suspected Miller may have had previously been assaulting him.
Criminal proceedings in this case were temporarily suspended June 11 after court officials declared doubt into Miller’s mental competency.
The following month, the case moved forward when officials found him fit to answer to charges after reviewing an evaluation report from the Inland Regional Center, according to court records.
Miller had also been facing a charge of oral copulation by force or fear causing bodily injury, but that charge was dropped as part of a deal with prosecution, court records show.
A total of 302 days were cut from his sentence for time served and good behavior, according to court records.
Shea Johnson may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com.