Utica Police Chief: Likely No Charges Coming In B-N Teacher Case | WGLT

Utica Police Chief: Likely No Charges Coming In B-N Teacher Case

Sep 20, 2019

The Utica police chief said Friday it appears no charges will be filed against a Bloomington-Normal cheerleading coach and teacher related to an alleged incident at a hotel in LaSalle County.

Authorities were investigating an alleged incident between Andrew “Drew” Miller and a juvenile at Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort in Utica in July. Authorities said the incident involved alleged verbal conduct—not physical—between Miller and the juvenile. No other information was released.

After a two-week investigation, Utica Police Chief Rodney Damron told WGLT on Friday that it appears no charges will be filed in the case. A final determination will be announced Monday after Damron meets again with prosecutors from the LaSalle County state’s attorney’s office, he said.

Miller’s attorney, Tristan Bullington, declined to comment Friday. Messages left with LaSalle County State’s Attorney Karen Donnelly were not immediately returned Friday.

Miller has been on paid administrative leave from his cheer coach position at University High School and his teaching job at Chiddix Junior High School, both in Normal. Unit 5 said the incident in Utica was not connected to his job at Chiddix, where he taught seventh grade and coached track and field.

U-High assistant cheer coach Natalie Montoney assumed head coaching duties after Miller was put on leave. Parents of cheer students were notified during the week of Sept. 2 in face-to-face meetings. Parents of his Chiddix students were also notified about his being placed on leave.

If no charges are filed, it’s unclear when Miller might be able to return to work. ISU officials declined to comment Friday because it’s a personnel matter. (U-High is an ISU lab school.) A Unit 5 spokesperson said they were not yet aware of any developments in LaSalle County.

Utica police began investigating after receiving a referral from the Normal Police Department, which learned about the alleged incident from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

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