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Brad Koffel and Fran Tosi Ward Represent Newark City Schools Employee in Alleged Sexual Conduct Case

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An indictment will likely take place next week of Anthony J. Miller, an employee of Newark City Schools. Miller is facing allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with his students. Attorney Brad Koffel and Attorney Fran Tosi Ward will represent Miller.

Miller has been working with the Newark City Schools for approximately five years and was employed as assistant band director. The Licking County Prosecutor has not yet issued the indictment because law enforcement is still investigating to determine the exact number of victims as well as what precisely the alleged misconduct is.

The Assistant Licking County Prosecutor said that she expects a grand jury to hear the case sometime next week, after which point Miller may be indicted on additional charges.

Currently, Miller faces one count of sexual battery. In Ohio, this is a third degree felony per §2907.03 of the Ohio Revised Code. Specifically, subsection 7 of this statute states that sexual conduct is illegal if:

"(7) The offender is a teacher, administrator, coach, or other person in authority employed by or serving in a school… the other person is enrolled in or attends that school, and the offender is not enrolled in and does not attend that school."

These charges are based on alleged sexual conduct with one of his students for a period of approximately 19 months.