A Criminal Court jury convicted Rodney Miller of rape of a child, aggravated statutory rape and aggravated sexual battery. He faces a minimum of 25 years in prison without the possibility for parole when he is sentenced later by Criminal Court Judge James Lammey Jr.
The relationship was discovered in December of 2016 when the girl left her cell phone at home and her mother discovered sexually explicit text messages on the phone from Miller. The messages included suggestions about where they should have sex next.
When the mother confronted her daughter, she revealed that Miller had been having sex with her for the past six months and had been touching her sexually for a year prior to that.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Lessie Rainey and Dru Carpenter of the DA’s Special Victims Unit which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.