Kennewick man convicted of raping disabled girl

KENNEWICK — A 57-year-old was convicted by a jury of having sex with a teenage girl who has developmental disabilities.

Roosevelt Miller of Kennewick now has a tentative sentencing hearing set for April 29.

The defense has requested a pre-sentencing report be completed by the state Department of Corrections to determine if Miller is a good candidate for the Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative.

This was Miller's second trial for second-degree rape.

He first faced a Benton County jury two months ago, but a mistrial was declared Feb. 4 when jurors couldn't agree on a verdict.

The trial started Monday with the prosecutor and defense lawyer giving opening statements.

Jurors listened to testimony all day Tuesday, then began deliberating Wednesday morning after closing arguments.

The jury returned its verdict around 2 p.m.

According to court records, Miller started sexually assaulting the girl after meeting her around Labor Day. He told Kennewick police that he knew his actions were wrong given the victim's disabilities, but denied having sex with her.

The girl, who is of high school age now, reportedly has a mental age of 6 to 7. She also has an IQ of about 60 and associates with much younger girls.

-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 509-582-1531; kkraemer@tricityherald.com