A preliminary hearing for a 46-year-old man accused of molesting a 12-year-old Murrieta relative in 2008 was taken off the court calendar Friday because the defense indicated a plea deal could be in the offing.
Rudolph James Miller, now of Hemet, faces a charge of committing a lewd and lascivious act on a child under 14.
If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to eight years in prison.
Miller appeared in court Friday for a preliminary hearing to determine whether evidence warrants a trial but Riverside Superior Court Judge Michael Rushton granted a defense motion to continue the hearing to a later date.
The defense attorney -- Deputy Public Defender Gregory Henderson made a special appearance for DPD Reginald Taylor -- told the judge that the defendant's attorney was currently on another case.
Henderson also stated for the record that counsel believes the case could be resolved and a plea agreement reached, court records indicate.
The matter will be discussed at a felony settlement conference set for Sept. 11.
The incidents came to the attention of the Murrieta Police Department in June 2011, according to a statement filed by police. The victim, now 15, told her two sisters of the alleged acts. The mother reported it to police.
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