Harford County Classroom Helper Charged With Sex Abuse

Amanda Miller is an inclusion helper at North Harford High School in Pylesville.

OUTSIDE BALTIMORE, MD -- UPDATE: (11:30 a.m.)—A classroom helper who works with disabled students at a local high school was charged Monday with sex abuse after allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old boy.

Amanda K. Miller, 35, of the 4500 block of Flintville Road in Whiteford, is charged with sex abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense and two counts of fourth-degree sex offense, according to a news release from the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

Miller was working as an inclusion helper at North Harford High School, a position that is part of the school system's special education team and serving students with disabilities in the Harford County Public School system, the school system's website states.

The 15-year-old boy told detectives with the Harford County Child Advocacy Center, a unit that specializes in investigating mistreatment of children, that he and Miller had sex, the release states. He went on to say that he and Miller have been communicating outside of school since December, she occasionally took him home from school and had bought him cigarettes, according to police.

The boy does not have special needs and the two met when he was helping in the same classroom as Miller, according to Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Miller was taken into custody at North Harford High School Monday. She was released from the Harford County Detention Center that same day after posting $50,000 bail, according to police.

Miller started as an inclusion helper with the school system on Jan. 30, 2012, according to Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications with the school system. Miller has been placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation, Kranefeld wrote in an email to Patch.

"As this is an open police investigation and a personnel matter, we are prohibited from releasing any information with respect to this case," Kranefeld wrote.

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harford county resident February 13, 2013 at 02:58 PM
I know this women and she had always be nice, she has 3 boys and her and her husband are invovled in harford county sports. My son plays football with her one son. You are not guilty until proven so . Let's hope for the best , for her children's sake
CUSACITIZEN February 13, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Perhaps, and just perhaps, this sort of almost daily news would be of much less frequency if our children would have stronger morals being taught at home. Let alone the incessant promotion and glamorizing of sex and violence in the movies, TV, magazines, and video games. What do we think when we hear James Bond! Cool guy, he gets girl after girl, and kills often times with pleasure. How about 2-1/2 men? So called score after score of one night stands, innuendos of oral sex and group sex. No, NO, I do not watch any, but I am informed of the garbage. The only thing our society censors now is prayer in schools, removal of the Ten Commandments from public buildings, in short everything that is NOT for our detriment can be censored.
John Walser February 13, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Do you support not putting men's names out who do this same thing?
CUSACITIZEN February 13, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Uh..... Self destruction? IF she is guilty. Let the desires of the flesh reign that is the motto of our society today. If it feels good, do it.
JOHN February 13, 2013 at 03:27 PM
*hmmm, I wonder if "Eileen" would have the same attitute of this "SEXUAL ABUSE" (would be RAPE/SEXUAL ASSULT if it was a female victim) if the victim was a FEMALE!!" Probably....................... NOT !!!
JOHN February 13, 2013 at 03:33 PM
For those of you who mention the word "consenual", there is no such thing when you have a person in authority over another, regardless of the age or the perceived "consent", nor (in this case) if the "teacher" was actually "teaching" the victim, who just happens to be a "student"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rico February 13, 2013 at 03:46 PM
It is permissible by all states standards to publish a suspects name once they are indicted or charged with a crime, just the facts, not innocence or guilt, that comes later.
don slayton February 13, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Don't know anyone involved in this story, but have noticed that these female teachers/ aides mostly seem to be average or above in appearance. What goes on in their minds to hook up with young students? So sad to ruin lives like this.
Classy mom February 13, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Is everyone forgetting that mandy miller admitted guilt to the charges ?....ummmmm......hello !!!!!!!!
Classy mom February 13, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Her por husband...and her absolutely amazing mother in law.....and has she ever touched any of her own kids ?
Classy mom February 13, 2013 at 06:40 PM
She admitted guilt.........what is wrong with this woman.....i ask again...has she ever touched any of her own sons inappropriatley ?
sarah February 13, 2013 at 06:57 PM
she confessed according to her sister you found out this way like most others and not from her family
sarah February 13, 2013 at 06:59 PM
she confessed
Shirl Casey February 14, 2013 at 02:33 AM
We get your point "Classy Mom". I'm sure no stone will go unturned in the investigation. This is a tragedy for all no matter what the outcome.
Al February 14, 2013 at 06:21 AM
You are pathetic and disgust me. I'm guessing Ms. Miller's mother-in-law is your friend. Do you think you are doing her or her grandchildren a favor by posing that question? I can't even start to tell you how much I despise you in this forum because I actually have some class.
Siege February 14, 2013 at 02:49 PM
That 15 year old got off lucky. She turned ME into a newt! .......I got better.......
Michelle February 14, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Clearly you know this woman, since you called her Mandy and reference her "amazing mother in law." How dare you accuse her of doing bad things to her kids!!! You have no right to judge and it's disgusting you even would say such a thing. You have no idea what goes on behind closed doors. Maybe her husband treated her bad and she sought attention from someone who showed it to her. Yes, it was absolutely wrong what she did and she will pay for the rest of her life, but for you to get on here three times and rant does nothing but make you sound unclassy.
Sportsboyz February 14, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Prayers are with the rest of her family that will be paying the price for her actions! There is no excuse for behavior like this! There should be a law made that does not allow any member of a school system to drive kids to and from school if they are not their own!
Take Responsibility! February 14, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Hey Classy Mom, stick to the stripper pole, it's the only thing you're an expert at doing. And please show us where the accused admitted guilt. We'll wait.
Wayne Earl Jones February 14, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Hell, if there's grass in the field. . . play ball. . . The principal will probably call you all after he is done high fiving the kid.
SoCal Friend February 14, 2013 at 09:13 PM
We're all perverts. Half of you probably have porn open in another tab while commenting on this news. It was consensual. FREE MANDY!
Reality Check February 15, 2013 at 02:10 AM
It's in the charging documents - and you can see the report in any numbers of places. She did it, she's sick, and now she has to pay for what she did. No sympathy here. She betrayed the trust of everyone involved.
VolunteerMom2 February 15, 2013 at 03:52 PM
It seems it was consensual, but still the boy being under age doesn't make it consensual by law. What a mess. Unfortunately, now that the incident is out......we found out that most of the kids knew about it. Classmates were high five-ing the 15 yr. old, saying "your the man". Now, what does that tell you about the boy? Parenting is going by the wayside. Wake up parents, input some spiritual time, in between all the sports activities. They need to find a way to deal with the victims "stupidity" in this case, along with the criminals guilt.
VolunteerMom2 February 15, 2013 at 03:58 PM
I stated once before. In the case of sexual abuse, we have to change our thinking. It has to be guilty until proven innocent. Clinically that's how it's done. If it was your child, you would understand.
VolunteerMom2 February 15, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Well written, M.A.
VolunteerMom2 February 15, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Pedophilia is sex with children under the age of 13.
janine bruce February 15, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Sad no matter how you think about it.
VolunteerMom2 February 16, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Thank you, Michelle, took the words right out of my mouth.
DS February 18, 2013 at 04:34 PM
I agree with you... I grew up with her right across the street and I can tell you that she comes from one of the best families I have ever known. I am not sure what went on between her and this young man. This is something that the courts will have to deal with. Right now I just feel very bad for all those involved. In today's society it is very easy to get lost in the moment.
anon February 18, 2013 at 05:48 PM
I'm sure ill get flamed for this but its a double standard. If this happened when I was in school 20+ years ago there would be no police, just high fives all around! Ever heard the song "Hot for Teacher"?


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