Last Friday morning, former Newark music teacher Anthony Miller was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison following his plea of guilty to 13 counts of sexual conduct with students. Miller's defense attorney, Mr. Brad Koffel, requested a motion to delay the imposition of the sentence until after the first birthday of Miller's son on Sunday, but it was denied.
Koffel submitted a presentence memorandum to the judge to supply more information about the defendant. The memorandum included photographs of Miller and his family, letters to the judge from Miller's parents and friends, and a clinical assessment of Miller that presents evidence that Miller has a sexual addiction.
According to Koffel, his client is a "decent man whose decency lapsed," painting Miller as a sincere teacher who let the fact that he was well liked by students and teachers alike to get the better of him.
Miller was sentenced to over four years in prison, although he could have received a 30-year sentence. After his release, he will also have to comply with lifetime sex offender registration.