Records: Police told Centerville schools April 1 of likely sex charges against worker

Bryan Christopher Miller
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Bryan Christopher Miller

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

CENTERVILLE — Local police told Centerville’s schools of likely charges against an employee at the high school hours before that worker resigned, records show.

“I just heard from the CPD,” Superintendent Tom Henderson wrote in an email to board of education members April 1 in reference to Bryan C. Miller, who this week and last week was indicted on several charges, including sexual battery.

“The personnel situation I made you aware of yesterday will likely hit the news tomorrow. The individual will likely be charged with one count of sexual battery,” Henderson said in the email.

Henderson and another district official couldn’t be reached for comment on Thursday.

The email is among documents obtained by the Dayton Daily News through a public records request regarding the employment of Miller.

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Miller, 36, of Kettering, worked as a custodian. He was hired for that job in 2015 after earlier being named Centerville High School Performing Arts Center technical director.

Miller was placed on paid administrative leave after a March 30 letter that did not specify the allegations for which he is charged, documents show.

“You are not to have any contact with students while you are on administrative leave. You must also refrain from all communications of any kind with other Centerville City School District employees on matters relating to your employment,” a letter from district Human Resources Director Dan Tarpey states.

“Please note that this action is being taken as part of a standard investigatory procedure and does not constitute a disciplinary action or determination of wrongdoing on your part,” the letter adds.

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Miller’s one-sentence resignation was sent to Henderson in an email about three hours after the superintendent notified all five school board members of his communication with Centerville police, records show.

“Please accept this formal notice of my resignation from my current position in the Centerville City Schools system,” Miller’s letter states.

Miller pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court to seven counts of sexual battery, the same day he was indicted for additional charges of tampering with evidence and two counts of illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance.

Miller is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old Centerville High School student in 2016, according to Greg Flannagan, Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman. His accuser is now 21, and the case was investigated by the Centerville Police Department, Flannagan said.

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