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UConn faculty member under investigation


An University of Connecticut professor is the subject of a criminal investigation and has been accused of inappropriate sexual contact with children.

Robert Miller, 66, has been placed on paid administrative leave in June after accusations involving children at a Connecticut summer camp and at school out of state.

Miller is not facing any charges at this time, but UConn officials said they're taking the allegations seriously.

Miller has worked at UConn for roughly 30 years and even served as head of Uconn's music department from 1999 to 2003.

He also worked with the hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford in the early 90's. Camp leaders said they're aware of the investigation but don't have any comment at this time.

Administrators said they learned of the allegations in February when a letter from 2011 was brought to their attention.

Connecticut State Police and the states Attorney General were contacted, and an affidavit against Miller was filed June 20th. Investigators searched his home and took his university computers in for evidence.

The next day, UConn placed Miller on paid administrative leave and a few days later a UConn student came forward to a faculty member.

According to documents, "the student was not surprised to hear about the faculty member's being investigated by police because the faculty member was known to have visited freshmen dorms, provided drugs to students and had sex with students."

School leaders said at this point the allegations against Miller appear not to have happened at UConn or involved college students, but they are investigating.

"It is clear that serious accusations have been made, questions that demand answers have been raised, and we will do all we can to find the truth and protect the vulnerable. This includes our students, our neighbors, and the community," UConn President Susan Herbst said.

UConn has asked the attorney general to look into whether anyone knew of these allegations before this year.

Documents said several allegations of inappropriate contact with children had been brought to the attention of university employees, and a department head in 2011.

They're launching an internal investigation, and asking for an independent investigation to figure out if the appropriate actions were taken.

Investigators searched Miller's home in Mansfield in June. When Eyewitness News visited the residence, no one answered the door.

Students on campus for internships or summer session said they got an email this morning.

"It's never good to hear about that, that happened in my high school a couple of times, it's definitely not a good thing to hear about," UConn senior Pat Tucker said.

Miller is currently banned from campus, but students told Eyewitness News the whole thing has them on edge.

"It makes me a little uncomfortable because now you have to watch out for the teachers," said Chinise Pullen, who is a freshmen at UConn. "You never know if you're safe walking from class."

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