An Altoona man is behind bars on felony prostitution-related charges after police say he encouraged a 16-year-old girl to sell sex.
Gary Paul Miller, 66, of 2820 Sixth Ave. is accused by Altoona police of telling the girl to charge boys for sex so she could give him gas money.
Miller often gave the girl, a friend of a family member, rides in his vehicle and wanted gas money, police said.
To get the money, he recommended she prostitute herself out, even telling her how much she should be charging, police contend.
Altoona police said Miller called the girl at home and engaged in "foul, crude and explicit conversations with the girl," according
to the affidavit of
probable cause filed in the case.
The girl's father overheard these conversations, police noted.
The encouragement to sell sex allegedly occurred between April 2012 and August of last year.
Miller also made comments to the girl about the size of her breasts and on one occasion exposed himself to her at his home, police said.
The girl's allegations were deemed credible by Blair County Children, Youth & Families as well as the Gettysburg-based Child Advocacy Center, police said.
Miller was arrested Tuesday night and arraigned on criminal solicitation, promoting prostitution, corruption of minors and harassment charges. Bail was set at $75,000 cash by Magisterial District Judge Craig Ormsby, and Miller is scheduled to appear at Central Court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.