Prosecutor: More Students Come Forward In Case Of Newark Assistant Band Director Accused Of Sexual Battery


UPDATED: Tuesday February 25, 2014 6:22 PM

Anthony (Tony) J. Miller, 32, of Westerville, appeared in court on Tuesday over allegations he had sex with a student while he was the assistant band director at Newark High School.

Miller broke down during his arraignment on a sexual battery charge, when his attorney mentioned his wife and six-month-old son.

“There are victims coming forward hourly at this point,” said Paula Sawyers, Licking County Assistant Prosecutor.

Prosecutors say about  10 victims have come forward over the past 24 hours since Miller's arrest.

Investigators say the alleged contact happened through social media, including Facebook, and then became physical.

Detectives say Miller and the alleged victim exchanged nude photos with each other.

"At the time the offense occurred, she was a student at Newark High School, and she was in band or color guard and he had supervisory duty over her,” added Sawyers.

She says part of the contact happened on school grounds.

Miller teaches music at Carson Elementary School. He is also the band director at Heritage Middle School in Newark, and assistant director for the high school band.

Last December, he was suspended for three days without pay for inappropriately contacting a student on Facebook. That was a second violation of district policy, after a verbal warning in August of 2012.

Police arrested Miller on Monday. A judge has set his bond at $75,000.

Prosecutors expect to file additional charges in the case, as more victims come forward.

“We have parents who’ve entrusted their children to this gentleman, and at this point, our main concern is to protect the public and the other children involved,” said Sawyers.  

“We’re not sure what the full extent the investigation will be,” she added. “We’re just waiting to see where it all falls out.”

Authorities are asking anyone with knowledge of Miller’s actions to call police at 740-670-7915 or Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.

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