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Shopkeeper accused of sexually assaulting teen

April 20, 2012 2:33:06 PM PDT
Friday the gates were down at Inle Osian, a store in Inwood that sells botanical candles for the religion known as Santeria, and where police say a shopkeeper drugged and then sexually assaulted a teenage employee on his first day at work.

"That's not a good first day, huh. I wouldn't want to work there no more," a neighbor said.

Back in January, prosecutors say Daniel Miller gave the 17-year-old boy alcohol laced with the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam.

Before the teen knew it, it was 4 a.m. the next day and he was at Miller's home a few blocks away.

That's where prosecutors say the 44-year-old man sexually molested him.

At the home, a friend of Miller's said the assault never happened.

He agreed to talk, if Eyewitness News hid his identity.

"I believe it came out of thin air. If it allegedly happened in January they would have done something right there, it wouldn't have taken four months, especially on a sexual whatever the charges might be," Miller's friend said.

Miller lives in an industrial wasteland near Kennedy Airport.

His house is protected by no fewer than six high tech security cameras, and a brand new deck, backyard pool, and even a big screen TV.

Neighboring business owners say they see lots of activity in and out of the house at all hours of the night.

"It's a lot of attention for someone who's just a popular person," a neighbor said.

"I find it to be a little sketchy that he has surveillance cameras that you would find at a bank or the Pentagon. So when you see something like that I think it's a red flag by itself," another neighbor said.

Miller has no fewer than 10 prior convictions in Nassau County alone, for everything from sex abuse to larceny to drug possession.

This time he's charged with a criminal sex act, and his bond is set at $2 million.

Police think there might be more victims, and hope if there are, those people step forward.

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