A Springfield man is has been convicted on charges related to a sexual assault.
Joseph Michael Miller, 40, was convicted of sodomy in the second degree and assault in the second degree on December 21, 2018.
Miller was convicted of assaulting a woman at his Springfield home. Miller and the victim met when she was kicked out of her home by her mother, who lived across the street from Miller. After the woman returned to her mother’s home, she went to collect her items from Miller’s home, during which the attack took place.
The victim required stabilization and surgery at Mercy hospital to stop bleeding related to wounds from the attack.
Miller denied in court the victim’s story and stated he was not interested in her but his claims were refuted by a recording of his interview with detectives where he talked about trying to “bait” the victim and flirting with her.
The jury deliberated almost two and a half hours before delivering their decision.
Miller is facing up to seven years and/or a fine of up to $20,000 on each of the two charges upon which he was convicted. He will be sentenced on February 19, 2019.