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Buffalo man convicted of raping two children over several years

Michael P. Milton two weeks ago turned down a plea offer that would have put him in prison for 30 years for raping children.

He was concerned about taking the label of child sex offender with him “upstate,” his attorney explained.

The label will follow him now but for a much longer time.

A State Supreme Court jury found Milton guilty of two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, plus one count of second-degree rape of a child, one count of third-degree rape of a minor and one count of criminal sexual act against a child.

Milton, 41, now faces a possible maximum sentence of consecutive terms of 50 years to life in prison when he returns before Justice Russell P. Buscaglia on March 3.

Michael P. Milton will be sentenced on March 3.

He also is awaiting resolution of federal charges of producing child pornography, which could be added to the sentence.

The case against Milton involved the repeated sexual assaults of two girls spanning more than a decade, beginning when each child was about 6 years old.

One victim is now 19, the other is 10 years old. The girls are not related to one another or to Milton. Both testified against their abuser.

The assaults went unsuspected and undiscovered until a family member of the younger girl — who admits she was “nosy” — came across a cell phone video that Milton had recorded of a sexual encounter with the older victim in November 2014.

Jurors sat stone-faced during the trial as the victims described how Milton regularly forced them to perform different sex acts, and told them to make sure to keep it “their secret.” Milton was not in the courtroom when the 10-year-old testified, at his own request.

In addition to specifics of the assaults, testimony also revealed that when the older victim was 13, she tried to tell her secret to a woman she knew. But, after she told the woman Milton had raped her, Milton made a recording of the girl saying she had made the whole thing up, and nothing was done.

On the witness stand, the girl told how that recording came about. She said Milton was furious after the woman confronted him about the charge, so he got the child alone, threatened her with a gun saying he would put a bullet in her brain, and forced her to “admit” she had lied to get him in trouble.

The jury, which saw a video of a fidgety Milton being interviewed after his arrest and heard testimony from experts on sexual predators, deliberated less than four hours before finding Milton guilty on all charges.

The case was prosecuted by Special Victims Bureau Chief Rosanne E. Johnson and Assistant District Attorneys Jeremy V. Murray and Nicholas T. Texido.

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