County girl allegedly molested by Deer Park man

Published 2:29 pm Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Hancock County man has been charged with the molestation of a Pearl River County minor.

As a result of the reported crime 26 year-old Marshall Rieck Miller Jr. is being held in Pearl River County’s jail for the charge of touching of a child for lustful purposes.

The alleged crime was reported by a family member of the victim, who is an underage female, to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department on Dec. 19. An investigation took place into the charges against Miller, who lives with his mother in the Deer Park Community. Miller was arrested on Dec. 23, for the molestation charge, said Investigator H. Matthew Carver. Carver is heading up the case, according to a press release from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

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The victim’s age, name and other identifying information are being withheld by the department, Carver said. He also would not comment on how long the alleged molestation had gone on prior to it being reported or what connection Miller had with the victim. Carver did say the girl and her family live in Pearl River County.

A search warrant was served on Miller’s home the day he was arrested. Investigators seized several items during the search, Carver said.

“Further charges could be coming, depending upon the analysis of the items seized in the search warrant,” Chief Investigator Kenny Hurt said in the press release.

Judge J. Lagasse set Miller’s bond at $75,000, Carver said. Miller has not bonded out and is still being held in Pearl River County’s Jail, said Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier.

Carver is being assisted in the case by the Mississippi Child Advocacy Center, Hancock and Pearl River County Human Services and deputies and investigators with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.