Officials remove councilor facing child molesting charges from 3 committees

Jeff Miller walks outside the Hendricks County Courthouse in Danville, Ind., on Dec. 4, 2017. (WISH Photo)

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Members of the Indianapolis City-County Council’s Committee on Committees has voted to remove councilor Jeff Miller from three committees and added three Republican councilors, Vi Nguyen reports.

The council’s minority leader told the media after the meeting that he thinks Miller would be a distraction. A Republican caucus could vote to expel him, but the minority leader said anything could happen and nothing is planned at this time.

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DANVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — City-County Councilor Jeff Miller made his first court appearance Monday to face three charges of child molesting.

He stood before Judge Mark A. Smith in Hendricks County. The Marion County judge appointed to his case had recused himself.

Miller appeared alongside two attorneys and did not respond to media questions as he entered or exited the building.

During the court proceedings, it was determined that the case will continue as a Hendricks County court case. The judge also addressed the Miller defense team’s request for a special prosecutor to be appointed, and gave the state prosecution until Dec. 14 to submit a response.

The judge also heard arguments for and against lifting a no-contact order between Miller and his 11-year-old son. According to Miller’s arrest affidavit, the two 10-year-old girls accusing Miller of inappropriate contact were visiting Miller’s son at Miller’s home when the alleged molesting occurred. The judge said he would consider the request to allow contact between Miller and his son, and return with a decision at a later time.

Jeff Miller’s next court date is a pretrial hearing set for 9 a.m. March 16 .

Miller is expected to attend the regularly scheduled City-County Council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, just six hours after his appearance in court.