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Former officer, school admin pleads guilty to violating sex abuse laws


A Grayson County, Kentucky former police officer and school administrator pleaded guilty to violating sex abuse laws.

Stephen E. Miller, 45, pleaded guilty to four counts in a superseding information on July 30.

Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. accepted the plea and scheduled a sentencing for Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. in Louisville.

Miller pleaded guilty to engaging in abusive sexual contact with three female students and third degree sodomy with a fourth female student. The incidents occurred at Bluegrass Challenge Academy between February and August 2013.

Miller had previously worked as a police officer in Leitchfield, Ky. He resigned the position following complaints of inappropriate conduct toward two women.

He then began working at Bluegrass Challenge Academy, a residential, educational program run by the Kentucky National Guard, located on Fort Knox Military Base. Miller had supervisory authority over the Academy students.

Miller faces a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000,000 and at least five years of supervised release.

John Smith, director of the Academy at the time, had been indicted for failure to report child abuse. If convicted, he faces a maximum of one year in prison, a fine of up to $100,000 and up to one year of supervised release.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Amanda E. Gregory and Stephanie M. Zimdahl are prosecuting the case. The FBI, with assistance from the Army Criminal Investigation Division, conducted the investigation.

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