Miller sentenced to four years


By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



Grayson County native and former local police officer Stephen E. Miller was sentenced this week to serve four years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release for violating federal and state sex abuse laws.

Chief District Judge Joseph H. McKinley sentenced Miller on Monday, Feb. 1.

Miller, 45, pleaded guilty to four counts in a superseding information on July 30, 2015.

Miller pleaded guilty to engaging in abusive sexual contact with three female students and third degree sodomy with a fourth female student, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky.

The incidents occurred at Bluegrass Challenge Academy in Fort Knox—where Miller was employed and had supervisory authority over students—between February and August of 2013.

Miller had previously worked as a police officer in Leitchfield, and he resigned the position following complaints of inappropriate conduct toward two women, the release states.

Miller then began working at Bluegrass Challenge Academy, a residential, educational program run by the Kentucky National Guard and located on Fort Knox Military Base.

Miller is currently in the custody of the United States Marshals Service.

John Smith, who was the director of Bluegrass Challenge Academy at the time, has also been indicted for failure to report child abuse, according to the release.

If convicted, Smith 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 U.S. Attorneys Amanda E. Gregory and Stephanie M. Zimdahl are prosecuting the case, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Army Criminal Investigation Division, conducted the investigation.

By Matt Lasley

mlasley@civitasmedia.com

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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