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Romance with Jail Guard Lands Sex Offender Back in Prison

Once described as the most-watched prisoner in Texas, Wesley Wayne Miller has managed to make the news again. Miller, 45, is the state’s first prisoner to be committed under the Sexually Violent Predator Program. He was convicted of murder in 1982 and was suspected of several rapes. Two years after his conviction Miller pleaded guilty to a separate charge of burglary with intent to commit rape.

In 1997, Miller was released on mandatory supervision, a Texas law that requires release after a specific amount of time is served, but was returned to prison after he refused to adhere to sex offender therapeutic requirements which included wearing an ankle monitor and carrying a global positioning satellite (GPS) device.

Miller was again released on mandatory supervision in March 2007, but a state law passed in 1999, which was amended in 2006 to include offenders like Miller, required him to live at a residence with intensive supervision. He was first sent to a Fort Worth facility and eventually became a permanent resident of the Cold Springs jail. That’s where he was arrested on May 13, 2008 after it was discovered he had established a romantic relationship with a Tarrant County jail guard.

Under the terms of his release, Miller was not allowed to have contact with anyone not previously approved by his case manager. Miller admitted in an affidavit that he and the 21-year-old guard had pursued a romantic relationship since March 2008, and that he had called her on her personal cell phone. He was charged with violating a civil commitment requirement, a third-degree felony.

Due to his previous criminal record Miller now faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted. The guard, who was not identified, was suspended until the jail’s internal affairs department completes its investigation.

Sources: Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News

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