STORRS, Conn. (WTNH)– Did the University of Connecticut turn a blind eye to allegations of sexual abuse by a music professor for more than a decade? An independent investigation says ‘yes’ but despite the findings laid out to the school’s board of trustees Wednesday, 66-year-old Robert Miller remains on the payroll at least for now.
The UConn board got the results of the independent investigation this morning into sexual assault allegations linked to music professor Robert Miller.
“Our focus is on identifying the truth and shinning a bright light on it, whether that truth reflects well on UConn or not,” said Susan Herbst, UConn President.
Although Miller has never been charged with a crime, the law firm hired by Connecticut’s attorney general to look into the case last year says the evidence points to wrong-doing.
“There’s also the allegation that we have confirmed with people involved of professor Miller supplying alcohol to underage students and of course the off campus activities related to minors while not a criminal issue as part of our investigation, we have very strong evidence to support that,” said Scott Coffina, Drinker, Biddle Law Firm.
According to a search warrant affidavit released last year, five men claim Miller molested them while he worked at a camp in Ashford in the 1990’s when they were children.
Another allegation stems back to a Virginia school in the late 1960’s.
The new investigation concludes the school knew of those allegations for years and took no action.
“The allegations against Robert Miller were not properly handled by university employees, when the original allegations were received in 2006, 2008 and 2011,” said Lawrence McHugh, UConn Board of trustees.
UConn’s trustees only received the report this morning they say Miller is part of a union so it’s still too early to speculate on his future job status.
“The collective bargining agreement allows sanctions up to and including termination,” said Richard Orr, UConn General Counsel.
Miller did not co-operate with that independent investigation.
News 8 put in a call to his attorney this afternoon for comment but so far we have not received a response.
UConn placed Miller on administrative leave last year barring him from the campus.
But he continues to be paid by the school about $140,000 per year according to one published report.
LINK: Read the Report .pdf