Police: Store owner drugged, sexually abused teen worker

INWOOD - The owner of a religious store in Inwood is accused of drugging a teen employee and then sexually abusing him, police say. Back in January, police say Daniel Miller, 44, of Inwood, gave his 17-year-old employee a cup containing the powerful anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam and ordered him to drink it. Cops say Miller then sexually abused the teen. According to police, the incident happened inside Miller's store, called Botanica, which is located on Motts Street. The victim told police he later woke up at 4 a.m. inside Miller's home off West Broadway. Miller then drove the teen home. Miller was arraigned today on sexual abuse charges. He was ordered held on $1 million cash bail and is due back in court on April 24. Police say Miller has a long criminal history that includes sex abuse and drug possession convictions.

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