Catoosa County man convicted of molesting family member
She only revealed years of molestation to new foster family
RINGGOLD, Georgia (WDEF) – A jury convicted 37 year old Jonathan William Miller this week of molesting a family member.
Prosecutors say he sexually molested a 12 year old girl in Tennessee for years and the molestation continued when the family moved to Georgia in 2019.
They say Miller told her to lie about it if anyone questioned her.
But the victim finally disclosed the abuse when she was out of the house and in foster care.
She first told her foster sister, who convinced her to tell the Children’s Advocacy Center.
The case went to trial in Catoosa County this week.
The jury found Miller guilty after just 10 minutes of deliberation.
He had a prior child molestation conviction in 2003.
Miller was sentenced to 20 years in prison and ten more on probation.
Prosecutor Chris Arnt says the Lookout Mountain Circuit gets some of the toughest sentences for sexual abuse in all of Georgia.
“While many voices in our country are calling to empty our prisons and complaining about over incarceration, I believe anyone who targets children like this should be behind bars. We will not tolerate the sexual abuse of our children.”
His office credits the “loving and diligent” foster family for making the case.
They included an email to his office from the victim’s guardian after the verdict:
“This may have been one of the hardest things our family has ever had to do. However, I am eternally grateful for the employees and service of the Catoosa County District Attorney’s office. We are happy with the outcome and grateful that our justice system and the jurors found and served justice for our foster daughter. Thank you Mr. David Wolfe for an excellent job in court, Judge Brian House for sentencing and bringing a small little window of hope to this little girl, to Mr. Arnt and all the district attorneys who came to offer support and lastly to Mrs. Ashley Nicholson, Catoosa County DA child advocate for walking us through every step of this process and defining some of those big lawyer words that no one can possibly understand. Thank you all for finding justice for [**]!