Former Buckeye Valley Teacher Pleads Guilty To 2 Charges Of Sexual Battery Involving Students
A former Delaware County music teacher pleaded guilty and waived his right to a grand jury on Tuesday.
Matthew Miller, 24, a former music teacher at Buckeye Valley High School, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery involving two female students.
With his parents and fiancée watching, Miller admitted in court to having sexual intercourse with one student in the prop room of the high school’s auditorium. He also admitted to touching another student, also on school grounds.
Miller’s attorney, Mark Collins, said his client’s guilty plea was in the best interest of all involved.
“He's done everything possible to make sure they didn't have to come to court, they didn't have to testify. He's resigned, given up his teaching certificate, he's in counseling now,” Collins said.
According to the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office, Miller, abused his position of authority when he engaged in sexual conduct with the two students.
Authorities were first made aware of the allegations in March. Miller was put on paid administrative leave and advised to not have contact with any Buckeye Valley students.
According to the Buckeye Valley School District, Miller submitted his resignation to administrators in late March.
Miller has to register as a Tier III sex offender.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 3, and he faces 12 to 60 months in prison for each charge.
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