Music teacher arrested on sex charges

March 16, 2009 5:02:49 PM PDT
A teacher from the Upper Perkiomen School District in Montgomery County is behind bars after authorities say he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.Investigators say there could be more victims.

27-year-old Brian Miller left a Montgomery County courtroom in handcuffs Monday. He is charged with indecent assault, endangering the welfare of a child and other crimes.

Neither he nor his attorney had anything to say.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman told reporters the Upper Perkiomen Middle School music teacher kissed and fondled a 14-year-old female student over the course of several weeks.

"If the allegations are proven to be true, a teacher who wanted to take a youngster prematurely into adulthood and into promiscuity, all for his own personal sexual gratification," Ferman said.

Ferman says another female student, who is friends with the alleged victim, became suspicious when Miller and the 14-year-old had frequent private visits during the school day.

"The next thing that happened was this other student had access to this young lady's iPhone. It was through this iPhone, in which she was actually looking for some music, that she found some instant messages and text messages that were extremely provocative," Ferman said.

Investigators say Miller, who is married, told the teen he loved her and wanted to marry her.

The Bethlehem man has been a teacher at the school for six years.

He was also involved in leading students in extra cirricular activities.

Officials are also investigating Miller's relationship with a student he had in class two years ago.

Students, school officials and parents say Miller was well liked.

However, one parent who did not want to be identified told Action News her daughter, who was in the middle school last year, had expressed concerns about Miller.

"She just said 'The way he looks at the girls...something's weird mom,'" the parent said.

Miller was suspended from the middle school without pay at the begnning of the month. He is now behind bars on $250,000 bail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 6.

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