Mother pleads not guilty to daughter's rape
by Jeff Switzer
The Kirkland woman facing three counts of third-degree child rape pleaded not guilty to raping her 15-year-old daughter with her Woodinville employer, who also pleaded not guilty to the same charges last week.
Robert James Miller, 47, remains in custody with bail set at $100,000. The mother, 42, remains in custody pending a bond hearing and decision on whether to grant her a supervised release. She has been under psychiatric care at Overlake Medical Center since last week. Both are restricted from contact with the daughter and minors unless in the presence of a responsible adult.
The girl phoned the police on Sept. 28 and told them she had been raped as many as 50 times since May and that the latest rape occurred Sept. 20.
According to charging papers, Miller claimed to be a Druid, and the rape of the girl began in Minnesota in May as a sort of initiation into "the circle." Miller allegedly met the mother on an airplane two years ago, and a relationship developed after they wrote and phoned each other.
The mother and daughter moved here from North Dakota in the latter part of May. The daughter told police that the rapes took place with the knowledge and consent of her mother and that her mother would occasionally participate in them. She also stated that her mother started her on birth-control pills in April 1996.
If convicted, both Miller and the girl's mother could face five years in prison. Their case-setting date is Oct. 17.