A school resource deputy was arrested Tuesday on a child abuse charge after he was spotted on school surveillance video grabbing a 15-year-old girl by the neck and slamming her to the ground.
Deputy Willard Miller, 38, turned himself in Tuesday morning to face one count of child abuse without great bodily harm.
During a news conference, Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony called Miller’s actions “deplorable” and “uncalled for.”
The encounter happened about 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at Cross Creek School, at 1010 NW 31st Ave., a K-12 school in Pompano Beach for children who have behavioral, mental or learning issues. After Miller was recorded on school surveillance video slamming the student to the ground, the school district notified the Sheriff’s Office.
Miller was removed from the school and placed on restricted administrative assignment. Detectives presented the case to prosecutors on Oct. 23, and he was suspended without pay last week.
This is a developing story, so check back for updates. Click here to have breaking news alerts sent directly to your inbox.
Eileen Kelley can be reached at 954-356-4543, or [email protected] or Twitter @reporterkell
©2019 the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Visit the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) at www.sun-sentinel.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.