A registered sex offender is suspended from Baptist Bible College because he is facing his third charge for exposing himself. In Greene County, Nathaniel D. Miltenberger is charged as a prior offender with sexual misconduct.
He is free on bond and banned from several department store parking lots. When Miltenberger moved to Springfield for college two months ago, he was required to register in Greene County as a sex offender. Springfield police say the twice convicted offender committed a similar crime again in Springfield.
A woman leaving Marshalls on Monday with her infant noticed a man parked next to her van. “He was exposed sitting in the front seat,” Springfield Cpl. Matt Brown said. According to court documents the woman buckled in her child, looked again and verified her suspicions. “She was walking right by his window and saw him very clearly,” Brown said.
Miltenberger is no stranger to booking photos. He was convicted in 2002 and 2003 of indecent exposure in Iowa. Those charges required him to register as a sex offender in Iowa and in Missouri.
Administrators at Baptist Bible College say a pastor told them about the Iowa convictions when he recommended Miltenberger. A recommendation is a requirement to attend. “We do screen through local churches and pastors,” BBC Registrar Terry Allcorn said. “For someone to come, they have to be active in a local church and have to have a good recommendation from a pastor.”
Allcorn says there were discussions to allow Miltenberger to attend. “The fact that it had been so long ago and as far as we knew he had no other issues with this, we allowed him to attend,” Allcorn said.
Allcorn says administrators took action when prosecutors filed the third charge on Tuesday in Greene County. “I talked to him personally and I told him that he would be removed from his classes and not allowed back on campus,” Allcorn said. “We don't live in a perfect world. Some sins carry more consequences than others. They just do.”
Allcorn says Miltenberger never lived on campus. He says the college did not receive any complaints about him since he enrolled. “If somebody really has changed you'd like to be able to work with them,” Allcorn said. “Instances like this make it hard to want to work with people.”
One of the two prior convictions happened at a Target store in Iowa. After he posted a $5,000 bond, the judge ordered him not to be around children under the age of 17 or enter a Target, Marshalls or Wal-Mart parking lot.