A mother and her teenage daughter have stepped forward to accuse an elderly relative of sexually abusing each of them as children, according to Aiken County authorities.
Charlie Miller Jr., 67, of McNair Drive, North Augusta, was charged this week with eight felony sex crimes.
According to warrants, Miller is accused of raping the older woman several times in the 1980s when she was 11-13 years old and he was in a position of authority in her family. In the other case, Miller is accused of digitally penetrating the younger victim when she was 7 years old between 2006-2007.
Four months ago, the older women contacted Aiken County authorities and said her teenage daughter revealed that Miller had touched her inappropriately a decade ago. That sounded too familiar to the mother, who revealed that Miller had forced sex on her at least three times as a child.
A lengthy investigation led to the criminal charges on Wednesday. Miller is charged with four counts each of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and lewd acts on a minor.
Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said victims of old sex crimes can step forward no matter how much time has passed.
“We would love for any person of a crime to come forward to try and seek assistance through law enforcement,” Capt. Abdullah said. “That way, we can record and investigate it thoroughly with their help and try to seek charges if there is sufficient probable cause.”
Miller has no other criminal record in Aiken County, according to an online search. He is being held in the Aiken County Detention Center.