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.