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Buckeye Valley Vocal Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sexual Battery

Updated: Tuesday, April 9 2013, 07:07 PM EDT
UPDATE:  Matthew Miller pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery.  He is scheduled to be sentenced June 3rd.  He will have to register as a Tier 3 sex offender.

Miller told the judge he had sex with on student in a school auditorium back in February of this year, and he touched a second student inappropriately in March.

Miller's attorney says he had relationships with these students, helping them with life problems, and then miller crossed the line.

Collins says he gave up his teaching certificate, resigned his teaching position and is in counseling now.

His attorney says Miller and his fiance are "still trying to figure this out."

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DELAWARE -- (Release from Prodecutor) A Buckeye Valley vocal teacher was charged today with two counts of sexual battery. "He abused his position of authority when he engaged in sexual conduct with two female students," said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O'Brien.

Matthew Miller, 24, is charged with two counts of sexual battery. Each count is a third-degree felony.

"We commend the Buckeye Valley school administrators for bringing this matter to our attention so promptly," said Delaware County Sheriff Russ Martin. "Our detectives handled this case thoroughly and with the sensitivity required."

The inappropriate conduct was brought to school authorities' attention on March 12, 2013 and revealed that improper sexual encounters had taken place on two different occasions.

At that time Miller was put on paid administrative leave and advised to not have contact with any Buckeye Valley students.

"Miller took advantage of being a trusted educator, leader, and mentor, " O'Brien said. "He has since resigned his position as a vocal teacher at Buckeye Valley High School and surrendered his teaching certificate to the state of Ohio."

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Web Producer: Kellie HannaBuckeye Valley Vocal Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sexual Battery


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