Former Highland High School math teacher Nathan Miller, of Violet Hill, was arrested Dec. 19 on two felony charges stemming from sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old female student. After the Spring River Chronicle broke the story ‘Alleged Sexting Teacher’ Nov. 23, students, faculty and residents alike expressed mixed feelings and some disbelief regarding the allegations, but in a report filed by Sharp County Detective Sergeant Ken Guidry, the documents describe evidence that weighs against the accused.
According to High School Superintendent James Floyd, the school received an anonymous call on Oct. 26, claiming Miller was exchanging inappropriate text messages with a female student. High School Principal Clint Shackelford had originally contacted Highland High School Resource Officer Steve Chism, who is also a Sharp County Deputy, the same day with the allegation, but Miller was off campus.
On Oct. 27 at 7:35 a.m., Miller was located in the hallway of Highland High School and brought into Shackelford’s office, where he confessed to the inappropriate texts. According to Shackelford, Miller was given the choice of being fired or resigning. Miller resigned on the spot, signing a one-line resignation letter, written by Shackelford. Shackelford then escorted Miller to his classroom to retrieve a few items and his car keys before escorting him off of the campus.
According to Superintendent Floyd, both he and Shackelford contacted authorities the same day, including the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department, the Arkansas Department of Child Services and the Arkansas State Professional Licensure Standards Board.
On Nov. 18, Detective Sergeant Guidry and Crimes Against Children Investigator Jannette Copper, traveled to Highland High School to make arrangements to interview the victim. According to the report, the victim would not initially cooperate; but under order from Judge Kevin King, she spoke to investigators. The victim admitted to exchanging inappropriate photos and texts with Miller. The victim’s phone was in police custody, but photos and texts had been deleted.
Guidry contacted the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office in Little Rock and spoke with Special Agent Jeff Shackleford regarding the retrieval of digital evidence from the victim’s iPhone.
“I made contact with Special Agent Shackleford via email on Dec. 08, requesting a data extraction on a cellphone,” Guidry said.
The phone was delivered to Little Rock where it underwent extraction of previously deleted photographs and text messages. Guidry reported many of the photos and text messages shared between Miller and the victim contained child pornography and sexually explicit correspondence.
During an interview with the victim, she described two pictures of a penis that Miller allegedly sent her as having green boxers.
“Two photos were extracted of an erect male penis with green boxers showing,” Guidry said.
According to the report, the victim also described sending pictures of her breast area to Miller, which were also recovered from the cellphone.
“S.A. Shackleford was able to extract text messages that matched what the victim said,” Guidry reported.
“Based on the statements from the victim, that inappropriate text messages and photos of a sexual nature were exchanged between the 15-year-old victim and her 30-year-old teacher, an affidavit has been completed after evidence of this activity was discovered through extracting the evidence from the victim’s Apple iPhone,” Guidry said.
In the interview, the victim said Miller’s wife, Ginger Miller, had called her demanding she, “Stay away from her husband and not have any further contact with him.”
The victim indicated her relationship with Miller intensified on Facebook, saying they eventually exchanged cell phone numbers. The victim also indicated Miller had knowledge of the deviant nature of his text messages, stating that he could get into trouble for simply having communication with her.
Miller is charged with engaging children in sexually explicit conduct for the use of visual or print medium, a class B Felony, and sexual indecency with a child, a class D Felony.
According to the report, Miller was listed in the Victim’s cellphone as Hamlet, Miller’s favorite play.
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