A former North Harford High School inclusion helper was sentenced to five years in prison with all but one suspended after she pleaded guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old student earlier this year.
Amanda K. Miller, 36, of Whiteford was sentenced to serve four months at the Harford County Detention Center beginning Oct. 16, followed by eight months of home detention. She will then face three years of supervised probation; she will also be required to register as a “Tier II” sex offender.
Miller was arrested by Maryland State Police at North Harford High School in February after the student told investigators with the Harford County Child Advocacy Center that he and Miller had engaged in sexual acts several times over the preceding months, including in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in Fallston and in the driveway of his home. The student said he and Miller had exchanged nude pictures via text messages and that Miller had driven him home on several occasions and bought him cigarettes.
Miller was hired by Harford County Public Schools as an inclusion helper on Jan. 30, 2012 and was no longer employed with the school system as of Feb. 27 of this year. An inclusion helper supports the classroom teacher by providing support to students during instruction, prepares instructional materials for students under the direction of the teacher, and charts data on student progress.
Investigators said Miller corroborated details of the victim’s story and, at the time of her indictment in March on one count of sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of third degree sex offense that “she knows her actions were inappropriate. Miller pleaded guilty to one count of third degree sex offense on May 20.
Under state law, a Tier II sex offender is required to register with authorities every six months for 25 years; the category also includes offenses such as abduction of a child for prostitution, manufacture and distribution of child pornography, and statutory third degree offenses in which force or threats were not an element of the crime.