BV teacher resigns, under investigation
A Buckeye Valley teacher who recently was placed on administrative leave and is under investigation by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) resigned Monday.
Matt Miller, a former vocal music teacher at the high school and the middle school, is under investigation for allegedly “engaging in sexual misconduct of a potentially criminal nature” involving “one or more students” at the high school, according to a press release from the district.
Miller has not been charged with a crime.
He could not be reached by phone Tuesday. His cell phone went straight to voice-mail, and his mailbox was full.
According to the school district, administrators were informed of the alleged misconduct on March 12. The allegations were immediately reported to the DCSO, which dispatched detectives to the high school to question Miller.
The district press release said Miller voluntarily submitted to questioning at the sheriff’s office, and “it is the understanding of the district” he admitted he “engaged in certain conduct with district students that was improper and which may now result in criminal charges against him.”
On Monday, Miller submitted his unconditional resignation. The board unanimously accepted the resignation at its Tuesday meeting.
The district will report information about the allegations to the Office of Professional Conduct at the Ohio Department of Education.
“The district regrets any distress to parents which reports of this incident may have caused,” the district press release said. “The Buckeye Valley Local School District is deeply committed to the prevention of sexual abuse and harassment in its schools, and vigorously enforces its policies against sexual harassment and misconduct of all kinds.”
The district has no plans to address the matter further.
“This matter is now the subject of a pending criminal investigation,” the press release said. “In keeping with its general practice, and out of respect for the privacy of both the adults and students involved, the district will not comment publicly on this pending investigation. The district will also adhere strictly to the state and federal laws protecting student records and student information from public disclosure.”