CRIME BRIEFS: McMillan’s alleged theft now estimated at $400K
The numbers are in for the embezzlement case against Robin McMillan, with more than $400,000 now estimated as missing from the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
McMillan, a bookkeeper in the office, was arrested in August and charged with felony theft. In talking with police, she estimated her total theft at around $50,000, but with only 2013 and 2014 data tallied at the time, the clerk’s estimate was just under $200,000 taken.
A Victim Impact Statement from early October lists the full figure as roughly $411,000. It’s not the final audit, but it includes data as far back as 2008.
McMillan is expected back in court for an arraignment in December.
Sex offender charged
with assault of minor
A 25-year-old registered sex offender from Illinois was charged with sexual assault on a child after Rifle police found him with a 14-year-old runaway from California at the Roadway Inn on Oct. 19.
Andrew Stegall, of LaSalle, Illinois, told police that he had gone to California to visit the girl, who had given her age as 21, his arrest affidavit reports. He claimed to have left without her, and said she had arrived by taxi shortly before the police showed up. She had not gone into the room with him, he asserted, and the pair hadn’t done more than hug.
Another person had been with him in a single-car accident earlier in the day, but Stegall said it was his sister, who he had then given money to get back home.
The 14-year-old gave a different version of events.
She admitted to telling Stegall that she was 21, although she suspected he had his doubts. Her testimony in the affidavit asserts that he had come to California to pick her up so she could live with him. They were on their way back when the wreck occurred, and they decided to spend the night in Rifle.
The girl’s report makes no mention of Stegall’s sister.
According to her, they had consensual intercourse in the hotel room shortly before the police called and informed Stegall of her age. She asked him to tell police that she wasn’t there, but ultimately turned herself in because she didn’t want to get him in trouble.
A warrant was ultimately issued for Stegall’s arrest, and he was booked at the Garfield County Jail with a $25,000 bond on Nov. 5.
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