Two years in jail for North Adams man who fondled woman

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PITTSFIELD — A North Adams man has been sentenced to two years in jail for fondling a woman on at least four different occasions in late 2013.

James M. Miller, 48, admitted that on Nov. 4, 6 and 26 he reached under the woman's clothes and fondled her buttocks while in his North Adams apartment, and fondled the same woman's breasts under her clothes on Dec. 25.

The victim, who was 22 at the time of the assaults, is known to Miller.

The assaults lasted up to three minutes, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano.

After the final incident, the victim told Miller his actions were inappropriate and Miller apologized and said it would not happen again, Yorlano said.

Miller pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday to four counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14.

Judge John Agostini accepted the agreed-upon sentence recommendation of two years in the Berkshire Jail and House of Correction, followed by five years of probation.

During the probationary period, Miller must submit to GPS monitoring, register as a sex offender and attend sex offender counseling.

The investigation was conducted by members of the North Adams Police Department.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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