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Special Forces Soldier Jailed, Facing Multiple Sex Charges

Posted April 18, 2006 11:24 a.m. EDT

— A Fort Bragg Green Beret who was on the run for nearly two years is back in North Carolina to face dozens of sex charges involving young children.

Scott Kendrick Miller, 38, was arrested earlier in April in Paducah, Ky., after trying to elude federal officials. He was extradited to Fayetteville late Monday night to face a total of 53 felony sex charges, including taking indecent liberties with a child and exploitation of a minor.

In 1998, Cumberland County's Department of Social Services received complaints that Miller had been abusing children, but an investigation into the allegations never resulted in much definitive evidence. Four years later, Cumberland County deputies received complaints and reopened the investigation.

"Something didn't sit right for all these years, and it was just a case we couldn't let go of," said Cumberland County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna.

But, like DSS, sheriff's investigators did not have enough evidence to charge Miller. Two years later, though, they had built a case and were able to charge him with nine counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.

Miller made bond and left Fayetteville. Paducah authorities arrested him last week after he allegedly broke into a man's house, tied up three people and stole the family's sport utility vehicle.

Miller is being held in the Cumberland County Jail under an $11 million secured bond. His first court date has not yet been set.

He is assigned to the 3rd Special Force Group, based in Fort Bragg. The unit's primary responsibility is operations in Africa, but its troops were sent to the Middle East before the first Gulf War in 1991.