The North Harford High School instructional assistant charged with the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old student had a two-month relationship with the boy, in which the pair had sex in her vehicle and exchanged nude text photos, according to court documents.
According to charging documents, the victim told a social worker with the Harford County Child Advocacy Center that he and Amanda Kay Miller, 35, of Whiteford began communicating with each other outside of school during the week of Dec. 17. According to the student, their contact included sexual acts while parked in the driveway of his home and in the parking lot of the Fallston Wal-Mart, as well as exchanging nude photos with each other. He added that Miller drove him home on several occasions and bought him cigarettes.
The interview took place at North Harford High School on Monday, according to the charging documents. Miller was arrested at the school that day, police said.
In an interview with Maryland State Police investigators, Miller corroborated the details of the student’s story, adding that “she knows her actions were inappropriate.”
Miller has been employed as an inclusion helper at North Harford High School since January 30, 2012, according to Harford County Public Schools spokeswoman Teri Kranefeld. Miller is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
An inclusion helpers provides “support to students during instruction, prepares instructional materials for students under the direction of the teacher, and charts data on student progress.” Kranefeld said the employee screening process for that position “is the same as all HCPS positions. Background checks and fingerprinting are conducted for all personnel as required by law. Background checks/fingerprinting are handled by the Department of Safety and Correctional Services and Correctional Services for the State of Maryland, and the FBI.
Miller appears to have no record of other offenses in the state of Maryland, according to court records. Miller is charged with Sexual Abuse of a Minor, third-degree sex offense, and two counts of fourth-degree sex offense. Under state law, the maximum penalty for each is 25 years in prison, 10 years in prison, and one year in prison each, respectively.
The charging documents for Miller appear below: