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Alleged kidnapper says he is innocent

CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Police say a 41-year-old man tried to kidnap a 15-year-old girl from her home in Corbin.

Officials say on Friday, Carl Dewayne Miller came to the home where a 15-year-old Corbin girl lives. They say he had been following following her while she was walking home. Miller tells a different story.

"I was down there and I had stopped by to see them. I've known them for years. And I was backing out and my back tire got in the ditch," Miller said from the Laurel County Detention Center.

Police say Miller asked the girl for a tire jack and the teenager said no. The girl's parents did not want to appear on camera but say Miller offered her pills, and told her she should be treated like a queen and that he had been watching her for a while.

"After he made the sexual remarks toward her he grabbed her by the arm and attempted to drag her from the door of her residence toward his van and sometime during the struggle she was able to break free from him and run I believe it was to her neighbors house," said Lt. Chuck Johnson with the Laurel County Sheriff's Department.

Miller says he did not come within 50 feet of the teenager. He also says he would never do anything to harm a child.

"I never touched that girl. I've known them for years. I've got friends and family with kids and stuff. I''ve got the greatest respect for children. I didn't touch that girl," said Miller.

Police say Miller was convicted of murder in 1989 and served ten years in prison. Family members say they've known him more than one year because he used to sleep in his van in their church parking lot.

Miller is being held on a $25,000 bond for his attempted abduction of a minor charge. He will appear in the Laurel County District Court tomorrow morning for a preliminary hearing.

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