Storrs, CT.– An independent investigation released today revealed that University of Connecticut officials knew of sexual abuse allegations against a music professor a decade before taking action, the Associated Press reported.
Robert Miller, 66, was placed on administrative leave last summer after numerous allegations of sexual misconduct and child molestation over the span of decades surfaced.
The investigation, conducted by former White House counsel and Assistant U.S. attorney Scott Coffina, found that some school officials, including the dean of the school of fine arts, knew as early as 2003 Miller had been accused of misconduct with children, but that “no one took appropriate action to ensure the safety of minors on campus or university students.”
Coffina found evidence that Miller engaged in rampant misconduct and violations of school rules. The investigation found evidence that Miller invited students to overnight parties at that involved alcohol at a house he owned in Vermont, showered with students at his health club, was naked with students in a hot tub, and got caught dancing in his underwear with a student late at night in the music department.
According to the investigation, school officials were notified on several occasions of Miller’s on-campus behavior and reports he abused children at a local camp. School officials were notified on several occasions of Miller’s on-campus behavior, and reports he had abused children at a local camp. After a 2008 faculty meeting, the dean of fine arts, David Wood, wrote a letter to Miller advising him not to socialize with students.
This is a classic example of a school not making the safest choice to protect students.
It seems that school officials not only failed to take action after Miller had demonstrated multiple “red flag” behaviors, but they also endangered local children by failing to report allegations child sexual abuse to law enforcement.
The best way to protect children is to expose predators and the institutions that protect them.
It is my hope that now that the findings of this investigation have come to light, the victims in this case are empowered enough to come forward and no longer suffer in silence.