LOWELL -- A 44-year-old Lowell man, considered the first person in Middlesex County to be charged under the state's 2011 human-trafficking law, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Tuesday.
William Miller, 44, pleaded guilty in Lowell Superior Court Tuesday to charges of trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, deriving support from earnings of a prostitute, assault and battery (five counts), assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (two counts), threatening to commit a crime (two counts), and possession of a Class B drug.
He was also given a concurrent five- year prison sentence and placed on probation for five years. While on probation, Miller must follow the standard rules of probation, to substance abuse and treatment,and individual counseling if necessary.
According to the Middlesex district attorney's office, Lowell police allege that from January 2010 through July 2010, Miller made the female victim work for him as a prostitute in the Lowell area.
The victim was ordered to give all her money to Miller. He allegedly abused the victim, threatened her, and used intimidation and guilt to keep her in the relationship and working for him.
The alleged abuse escalated throughout June and July 2012, when the victim was punched in the face multiple times, dragged by her hair, and hit in the back and ribs during a series of violent attacks, according to officials.
On July 5, Lowell police responded to the area after the victim fled and Miller was seen chasing her down the street.
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