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Religious Goods Store Owner Accused Of Drugging, Sexually Assaulting Teen Boy


The first day at a new job can be daunting for anyone — especially if your boss feeds you muscle relaxers and then sexually assaults you, which is what authorities say the owner of a Long Island religious goods store did to a 17-year-old boy earlier this year.

According to authorities, on January 3, 44-year-old Daniel Miller, the owner of Botanica — a religious goods store on Mott Street in Inwood — had the boy drink some sort of liquid mixed with Lorazepam, a powerful muscle relaxer.

As we mentioned, it was the victim’s first day working at Miller’s shop.

When the victim drank the Lorazepam, it was about 4:30 p.m. He woke up
12 hours later at Miller’s house. The boy had Miller drive him home and
then called police.

However, Miller wasn’t arrested until yesterday, nearly four months
after he allegedly drugged a teenager and sexually assaulted him.

A spokeswoman for the Nassau County Police Department tells the Voice
the delay in arresting Miller was because it took nearly four months to
complete the investigation.

“Sometimes it takes even longer,” she says.

Miller, as you might imagine, is in some pretty deep shit — he was
booked into jail on one count of first-degree criminal sexual act, a
class-B felony.

When he was arrested, Miller complained of chest pains and was admitted
to a Long Island hospital. Authorities say he will be arraigned when
it’s “practical.”

It’s unclear whether Miller’s hired an attorney.

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