Man accused in murder-for-hire against alleged sex abuse victim

INWOOD - An Inwood man is accused of trying to hire someone from behind bars to kill the 17-year-old boy he is accused of sexually abusing.

Daniel Miller, 45, is being held on $5 million bail. Miller was first charged in April with drugging and assaulting a teen employee at his religious supplies store. The Nassau County District Attorney's Office says that while in jail, Miller worked out a murder-for-hire deal to prevent the teen from testifying. He allegedly tried to hire a hit man for $15,000 to kill the alleged abuse victim.

Prosecutors say an informant who is an acquaintance of the Millers tipped them off to the alleged hit attempt. The source told police that Miller wanted the hit man to make it look like the death happened during a random cell phone robbery.

According to prosecutors, Miller's mother, a secretary at Lawrence High School, helped with the plot by stealing the victim's personal information from the school.

Investigators say Miller also asked someone to make a voodoo doll of the teenager, similar to dolls that were sold in Miller's religious store. They say he wanted the doll manipulated to try and make the teen get cancer. Miller's attorney is denying the charges and says his client is being set up by the police informant.

Officials say more charges could be pending against Miller. He is due back in court next month.


advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Police responded to a robbery at the 7-Eleven 1 Police: Shirley knifepoint robbery not linked to pattern
Suffolk Police say a Wantagh man inappropriately touched 2 Police: Camp counselor arrested for sexually abusing minors
The part-time Amagansett resident just announced his 'One 3 Paul McCartney announces tour stop at new Coliseum
Augusto Cortez was arrested at John F. Kennedy 4 Former priest pleads not guilty to sexually abusing Hampton Bays child
Jericho High School was ranked the highest on 5 U.S. News and World Report names 7 LI schools best in the nation

advertisement | advertise on News 12


Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.