CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Charleston County jury has found a man guilty of sexually assaulting a girl who was eight years old at the time.
According to a news release from the secretary of Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson, Stanley Miller was sentenced to 15 years for a series of sexual assaults against a minor that happened in 2013.
"The victim, who was then 8 years old, was assaulted in her home by the defendant who was a friend of a family member," the news release states. "On several occasions, while the rest of her family slept, the defendant went into the victim's room and sexually assaulted her."
The assault came to light after the child's mother questioned her about some inappropriate behavior, the news release says.
The State pursued the initial charges of Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st degree as well as Criminal Sexual Conduct in the third degree.
The Judge, however, granted the defense's motion for a directed verdict, as to the count of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st degree due to technical deficiencies in the child's testimony, according to the news release.
"The facts of this case highlight one of the greatest difficulties in prosecuting such cases, when the victim, due to her age, struggles to articulate what exactly happened to her," the news release states.
"While we believe the Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st degree was a proper charge, we understand the Judge's ruling and believe that the case has a much better chance to withstand the defendant's appeal. We are grateful that the Court gave the defendant the maximum 15 year sentence and believe the Court's rulings have put the case and the victim in the best position moving forward," Wilson said.
"It is never easy for a child to face the person that assaulted them. This girl's bravery in the face of such adversity made the conviction possible," Assistant Solicitor Shannon Elliott added.