A transgender butcher who abducted a young girl as she walked home and sexually abused her for 27 hours has been jailed for 20 years.
Paedophile Andrew Miller, 53, who also uses the name Amy George, was dressed as a woman when he offered the primary school-aged child a lift in the Scottish Borders in February.
Miller, who was referred to as maile in court, took the girl back to his house and subjected her to repeated attacks, which a judge described as “every parent’s worst nightmare”.
Miller pleaded guilty to charges of abduction, sexual assault, watching pornography in the presence of the child under the age of 13 and possessing 242 indecent images of children at the High Court in Edinburgh in May.
Judge Lord Arthurson, sentencing Miller, said: “The narrative was frankly nauseating in terms of its depravity and criminal sexual deviancy.
“On your arrest you denied the abduction and preposterously said you had acted in a motherly way.”
Lord Arthurson continued: “Abduction of young children for the purposes of sexual torment is a mercifully rare crime in this jurisdiction.”
He told Miller that the “primary focus” throughout was himself and, while he showed an understanding of the impact the crimes had on the wider public, it was “limited” in terms of the victim.
The judge said during interviews with a risk assessor, Miller “even attempted to place responsibility on (the victim)”.
Lord Arthurson added: “You told the assessor you went into business mode, ‘trying to think of a plan’.”
The judge said Miller alluded to the victim being “sexually active” when interviewed by police after the arrest.
Lord Arthurson described Miller’s crimes as “brazen”, “chilling” and “uniquely appalling”. The court also heard Miller is transitioning into a woman.
Miller has been held in the male prison estate after a row over the jailing of transgender rapist Isla Bryson who was sent to a female prison in February.
Earlier, the judge described Miller’s offences as “abhorrent crimes” of the utmost “deviance and depravity” which were “the realisation of every parent’s worst nightmare”.
The child was locked in Miller’s home for 27 hours, during which time she was repeatedly touched and also forced to watch pornography.
She dialled 999 while Miller, who was dressed in women’s underwear, was asleep.
The brave girl found the landline phone and rang the police, saying she had been touched inappropriately.
Miller, who had run a butcher’s shop, claimed to have offered the girl a lift “because she was freezing” and claimed forcing her to sleep in the bed with him “was a motherly thing”.
After the arrest, three laptops were seized from Miller’s property and a total of 242 indecent images of children were found.
Miller was sentenced to a 28-year extended sentence, with 20 years to be spent behind bars and a further eight spent on licence under supervision in the community.
Miller was also placed on the sex offenders register.
During mitigation, defence lawyer Victoria Dow told the court Miller had gone through “significant periods” of life without harming anyone.
She said Miller managed to keep “impulses” under control by holding down a job and managing a successful business, despite having problems with low self-esteem.
These issues were triggered by the closure of their businesses, leading to increased alcohol consumption and using porn.
Ms Dow said: “He recognises and feels the horror of his conduct. He feels a deep sense of shame, but not only for himself, but those in his life who will feel the impact.”
Det Ch Insp Bryan Burns said: “Our thoughts today are with the victim and her family who have shown incredible courage and strength throughout this ordeal.
“This was a significant investigation and I would like to thank all those involved for their professionalism and commitment during what was an extremely challenging inquiry.
“Andrew Miller has pled guilty to serious offending and will now face the consequences of his actions.”
After being sentenced, Miller was led down from the dock with his head bowed.