Andrew Miller pleads guilty to abducting and sexually assaulting school girl while dressed as a woman

Andrew Miller, a 53-year-old man who is transitioning into a woman, has admitting abducting and sexually assaulting a child

A man has admitted abducting a primary school girl while dressed as a woman before sexually assaulting her at his home in the Scottish Borders.

Andrew Miller, who is also known as Amy George, pleaded guilty to four charges – abduction, sexual assault, watching pornography in the presence of the child under the age of 13, and possessing 242 indecent images of children.

The court heard 53-year-old Miller had approached the 11-year-old child in February this year when she was walking home to offer her a lift.

Instead of taking the child to her home, Miller took her to his home in the Scottish Borders.

There, he locked her in a bedroom and refused to let her leave, subjecting her to a series of sexual assaults during the course of 27 hours.

A photograph of Andrew Miller taken from one of his Facebook accounts under his male name and persona

The girl was reported missing from Galashiels after failing to return home following a play date with friends.

Police said she was around a “20 minute walk from home” before she disappeared, prompting a massive search involving specialist divers, a police helicopter, a mountain rescue team and members of the public.

She was located at the property around 9.30pm the following day.

For the time the child was confined at the property, Miller was dressed as a woman, wearing a bra and women’s underwear. He also made the girl watch porn.

The child managed to call for help when Miller fell asleep in the bed next to her. She tipped over a glass of water in an attempt to wake him, but he did not rouse.

Following this, the child turned on the bedroom light and Miller still did not wake. She then attempted to escape from the property, but found the door was locked.

She found the landline phone and called police, saying she had been touched inappropriately, the court heard.

At the time of his arrest, Miller was wearing a bra, women’s underwear, tights and one silicone breast – the other had become dislodged during a struggle.

During interview, Miller told detectives he did not abduct the girl and that it was “all a mistake”, saying he stopped to offer her a lift because “she was freezing”.

He said he put her in his bed with him because “it was a motherly thing”, and admitted he should have called police.

He admitted he should “never have gotten into this situation” during the interview, which lasted six hours.

Following his arrest, three laptops were seized from his property and a total of 242 indecent images of children were found, most of which were of the lowest category.

His internet history was also accessed, showing his searches for indecent images.

At the High Court in Edinburgh on Thursday, a narrative of Miller’s offences were read out, which judge Lord Arthurson described as “abhorrent crimes” of the utmost “deviance and depravity” which were “the realisation of every parent’s worst nightmare”.

The court heard Miller, who owns a butcher shop, is in the process of transitioning to female. He has two Facebook accounts, one for his female persona Amy George and one under his male name Andrew Miller.

The Scottish Government passed its Gender Recognition Reform Bill in October 2022, and Westminster issued section 35 of the Scotland Act 1998 to block the bill from receiving royal assent on 17 January this year.

On 20 January, Miller wrote on his Facebook page under his male name: "Silly Billys in Westminster... Never mess with Scottish Transgender Issues."

Miller, who appeared by videolink from HMP Edinburgh, was remanded in custody and will appear for sentencing on August 15.