A Tuolumne man was sentenced to 11 years, eight months in state prison after pleading guilty to multiple felonies in two separate cases involving child molestation and a 2019 vehicle pursuit while driving under the influence, Tuolumne County District Attorney Cassandra Jenecke announced on Thursday.
Gerald Allen Miller, 34, will be required to serve 85% of his time because several of the crimes he admitted are classified as serious and violent felonies. He will also qualify as a “two-tier sex offender” and be required to register as a sex offender for 20 years after he is released from prison.
In the child molestation case, Miller pleaded guilty to one count of committing a lewd act upon a child under 14 years old and three counts of lewd acts on a child age 14 or 15.
Jenecke’s announcement said the survivor in the case was a relative iof Miller’s whom he molested repeatedly between 2012 and 2014 on a property that encompassed both the survivor’s home and a separate home that Miller shared with his wife.
The abuse reportedly occurred before the survivor’s 14th birthday and continued until after her 16th birthday, according to the statement. She did not come forward with the allegations until she told a friend about the abuse in 2018.
The county Sheriff’s Office was contacted and investigated the crime, which included a pretext phone call in which the survivor spoke with Miller about him molesting her.
Miller reportedly admitted during the call to having engaged in “some touching with (our) hands” and attempted to justify his actions by saying they were “just a couple kids screwing around.” He was between the ages of 26 and 29 at the time of the abuse.
In the vehicle pursuit case, Miller pleaded guilty to assault upon a peace officer and driving under the influence causing injury, with an enhancement for personal infliction of great bodily injury. The incident occured after the pretext phone call with the survivor of the molestation case and after Sheriff’s Office investigators had made several phone calls to speak with Miller.
On March 3, 2019, Miller was driving a car in downtown Sonora when he went through a stop sign and caused a Sheriff’s deputy to slam on his brakes to avoid a collision. The deputy attempted to stop Miller for running the stop sign, but he reportedly sped away down Stockton Road and eventually traveled east on Highway 108 with four patrol vehicles in pursuit with lights and sirens.
Miller failed to stop at a number of stop signs and red lights while driving “very erratically” and eventually drove onto Cherokee Road, where he nearly lost control of his vehicle before making a U-turn at the end of a dirt road and ramming his vehicle into a patrol car driven by Sheriff’s Deputy Grant Kutch.
After hitting the deputy’s vehicle, Miller continued to drive before going up an embankment and rolling his vehicle. A passenger in his vehicle was found unconscious and suffered “great bodily injury” as a result. The statement said his blood alcohol level was .18% after testing, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08%.
Assistant District Attorney Eric Hovatter prosecuted both cases, while Miller was represented by Sonora defense attorney Clint Parish, the statement said.