A Portage man accused of a violent sexual assault early Wednesday morning is facing more than 50 years in prison.
Wilson Miller, 29, is charged with second-degree sexual assault and false imprisonment.
Assistant District Attorney William Appleton requested that Judge W. Andrew Voigt impose a $50,000 cash bond with the conditions that there be no acts or threats of violence against the victim and for any release to be contingent on a curfew between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. with an order of absolute sobriety.
Portage Police responded to a call Wednesday at 2:53 a.m. and upon arriving, heard through an open window someone say “no” sounding to be in distress.
The doors were locked so when no one answered, the officers forced their way in, reportedly finding Miller holding the woman down by her wrists. The woman told the officers that the two of them had an exchange about two hours earlier after Miller had come back from the bar and she had asked him to leave the room and barricaded the door behind him. He later forced his way through before assaulting her at which point the officers arrived.
“The criminal history of the defendant and the current allegations against him obviously demonstrate that he is a threat and a danger to the community and the victim,” said Appleton. “On Feb. 1, 2017, there was a domestic battery repeater and a domestic disorderly conduct repeater charge and the defendant was found guilty, but not guilty due to mental disease or defect.”
Feb. 27, Miller was given a conditional release.
In January 2013, Miller was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, following an incident involving lighter fluid and lighters in which family members reportedly prevented a more dangerous situation. Miller entered a plea of no contest in June 2013 and was given a withheld sentence and three years of probation.
In court Friday, Appleton stipulated that the State would not argue against conversion of the cash bond to a signature bond for the purposes of Miller being released to have a planned surgical procedure and the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.
“The upcoming brain surgery is of course of great importance,” said defense attorney Alexander Kostal. “The brain surgery is due to a mental condition that Mr. Miller has and he is hoping to be able to recuperate, not in jail and not under lock-and-key.”
Voigt said, “Fortunately or unfortunately, this court is extraordinarily familiar with Mr. Miller and his issues.”
Given his history, Voigt expressed doubts as to whether Miller could remain sober long enough outside jail in order to proceed with the medical procedure.
“This court continues to be amazed by the efforts that Mr. Miller’s family has made on his behalf to try to help him avoid this sort of thing and the consequences his behavior has imposed ...” said Voigt ordering the $50,000 cash bond but allowing for a medical stipulation. “The court is willing to do that, because the court has been aware for some time that there was hope that this surgery could provide Mr. Miller with some relief and some improvement of his condition, and this court, even in the face of allegations like this, is not interested in standing in the way of that.”
Miller is scheduled to appear in court next for an Oct. 25 return hearing.