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Friday, August 28, 2015

Former Police Officer And School Administrator Pleads Guilty To Violating Sex Abuse Laws

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Grayson County, Kentucky, former police officer and school administrator pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to violating federal and state sex abuse laws, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

Stephen E. Miller, age 45, pleaded guilty to four counts in a superseding information, on July 30, 2015, and this week Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. accepted the plea and scheduled sentencing for November 2, 2015 at 11:00am in Louisville.

Miller pleaded guilty to engaging in abusive sexual contact with three female students and third degree sodomy with a fourth female student.  The incidents occurred at Bluegrass Challenge Academy between February and August 2013.

Miller previously worked as a police officer in Leitchfield, Kentucky.  He resigned the position following complaints of inappropriate conduct toward two women.  Miller then began working at Bluegrass Challenge Academy, a residential, educational program run by the Kentucky National Guard, located on Fort Knox Military Base.   Miller had supervisory authority over the Academy students.

Miller faces a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000,000 and at least five years of supervised release.John Smith, who was the director of Bluegrass Challenge Academy during the time, has been indicted for failure to report child abuse.If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison, a fine of up to $100,000, and up to one year of supervised release.

Assistant United States Attorneys Amanda E. Gregory and Stephanie M. Zimdahl are prosecuting the case.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with assistance from the Army Criminal Investigation Division conducted the investigation.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 28, 2015