A Whiteford woman who is an inclusion helper at North Harford High School has been charged with allegedly having sex with a student at the school.
Amanda Kay Miller, 35, of the 4500 block of Flintville Road in Whiteford, has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense and two counts of fourth-degree sex offense, according to a media release from the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
Maryland State Police detectives with the Bel Air Barrack arrested Miller Monday at the school and took her to the Harford County Detention Center, where she was later released on $50,000 bond, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The detectives were working with the Harford County Child Advocacy Center, which had received a referral about Miller on Friday, according to the Sheriff's Office release.
Police interviewed the 15-year-old male victim at the school Monday, when he told them he and Miller allegedly had sexual relations, according to the Sheriff's Office and charging documents. Miller was arrested at the school shortly after the student was interviewed.
The boy knew Miller was an inclusion teacher, someone who 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, according to the release. Miller works in the student's classroom during the day, according to charging documents.
The student said he and Miller had been communicating with each other outside of school since December 2012 and that Miller allegedly had engaged in sexual intercourse with him, according to the release. He also stated that she had taken him home from school on occasion and allegedly had purchased cigarettes for him.
According to charging documents, the 10th-grader told investigators his communication with Miller included personal contact, text messages, phone calls and the exchange of naked photos of each other.
Miller and the boy allegedly had sexual relations in her car, parked in his driveway and in the parking lot at Walmart in Fallston, court records say.
Miller has allegedly admitted to the relationship and said "she knows that her actions were inappropriate," according to the charging documents. Her last communication with the boy was Sunday, the day before she was arrested, she told detectives.
Miller has been placed on administrative leave by the school system, Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications of Harford County Public Schools, said Tuesday. According to Kranefeld, Miller has been employed as a program inclusion helper at North Harford High, since January 2012.
The Harford County Child Advocacy Center is a multi-disciplinary investigative task force, created in August 1993, whose mission is to investigate allegations of child maltreatment while providing services and resources for the abused child and his/her family. The task force is comprised of the Harford County Sheriff's Office, Maryland State Police, Bel Air, Aberdeen and Havre de Grace police departments, the Harford County Office of the State's Attorney, Harford County Department of Social Services - Child Protective Services and Family and Children Services of Central Maryland.
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