PORT HAWKESBURY — A 29-year-old New Glasgow man is now serving a 12-year federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated sexual assaul
Justin Christopher Miller was awarded credit for time spent on remand and will now serve nine years and seven months for the crime, which occurred Aug. 28, 2010, in Port Hawkesbury. He is also prohibited from possessing firearms for the remainder of his life, he is to submit a DNA sample to the national registry and is also to be a registered sex offender.
The sentence was imposed in January by Supreme Court Justice Cindy Bourgeois but the written decision was only released this week. The victim was a female whose name is prohibited from publication.
“In the present case, the determination of an appropriate sentence must emphasize denunciation of this terrible offence, deterrence to Miller and others who think a young woman walking alone late at night is ‘fair game’ for them,” Bourgeois said in her decision.
She said the attack, which occurred near the courthouse in Port Hawkesbury, was completely unprovoked and Miller saw an opportunity for sexual gratification and acted on it.
“The violence perpetrated against her was prolonged and varied. She was choked, she was struck, she was forced to perform various sexual acts against her will, all the while being threatened.”
Bourgeois said the physical injuries were significant, noting a serious jaw injury requiring ongoing treatment and several surgical interventions. The victim has suffered devastating emotional damage, said the judge, including taking away her sense of security and erasing her positive feelings about her hometown.
“She had to see the impact that this offence had on her parents who stood by her hospital bed and cried because they could say nothing to change the situation,” said the judge.
The victim and Miller were at a mutual friend’s home prior to the attack and when the victim decided to leave, Miller offered to walk her home, which she refused.
As she walked home, the victim noticed Miller was following her and he tackled her to the ground.
Despite her pleas for Miller to stop, the victim said she recalls him telling her to “do what I want to do” and then “act like you like it.”
A forensic sexual behaviour assessment concluded Miller has a primary diagnosis of biastophilia, meaning he becomes sexually aroused by nonconsensual sexual contact. He has an alcohol dependence and a history of prescription medication abuse.