The North Harford High School classroom assistant arrested for having sex with a 15-year-old student is no longer employed with Harford County Public Schools and is scheduled to stand trial in June.
Amanda Kay Miller, 35, of Whiteford was an inclusion helper at North Harford High School where she was arrested by Maryland State Police in February after a male student reported the pair had sex in her vehicle and exchanged nude text photos. Investigators said that Miller corroborated the details of the victim’s story, adding that “she knows her actions were inappropriate.”
Miller was indicted March 5 on one count of sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of third degree sex offense, according to court documents. Under state law, the maximum penalties are 25 years in prison for sexual abuse of a minor, and 10 years in prison for third-degree sex offense. Miller is scheduled to stand trial in Circuit Court on June 27.
Miller was no longer an employee of the school system as of Feb. 27, according to Harford County Public Schools spokeswoman Teri Kranefeld. She had been on administrative leave following her arrest. Miller had worked as an inclusion helper at North Harford High School since Jan. 30, 2012, according to Kranefeld.
According to charging documents, the student told a social worker with the Harford County Child Advocacy Center that he and Miller 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.
An inclusion helper 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, and 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.