LOGAN — A 49-year-old Smithfield man is headed to prison for molesting a young girl earlier this year. Tyler R. Miles expressed remorse, before being given the maximum sentence of six-years to life.
Miles appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. He previously pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.
Miles was arrested after grouping a 9-year-old girl in January 2018. The victim was an acquaintance of the defendant and later reported the crime to her mom. He later told investigators that he thought the victim was an older woman, claiming he was intoxicated and high on methamphetamine at the time.
During Monday’s sentencing the girl’s mother told Miles that she believed he had done this before to other girls, even though she couldn’t prove it. She expressed hope that the court’s sentence would bring peace to everyone.
Miles told the court he was really sorry for his actions. He said he will regret what he did for the rest of his life.
Judge Kevin Allen explained how crimes like what Miles committed have long term effects and are devastating to everyone. He issued the maximum sentence and added that he would advise the State Board of Pardons to keep the defendant incarcerated beyond the minimum six-years, until he completes therapy treatments.
Judge Allen told Miles, “You’ll be there longer than that. I hope the board will think long and hard before you are released on pardon.”