Ballard Coach Accused of Sexually Abusing Student
A teacher’s aide and assistant soccer coach at Ballard High School has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a student from the school over a period of two years. King County prosecutors say that 35-year-old Meghan Miller molested a 15-year-old student and sought a relationship for almost two years.
Miller was charged on Thursday, December 20 with third-degree child molestation and two counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor. She declined to turn herself in and was arrested and booked into King County Jail last Friday.
Prosecutors say that Miller groomed the victim by building a friendship with the child in order to gain the trust of her and her family. After this trust was established, Miller allegedly began sexually abusing the victim.
According to the criminal complaint, Miller met the girl in February 2016, when the girl was a 14-year-old freshman at Ballard High School. The alleged abuse began that summer and continued through October 2018, according to prosecutors. These incidents allegedly occurred at night in city parks, in Miller’s office, and the Ballard High School locker room.
A friend of the girl notified school administrators about the relationship. Administrators contacted police and Miller was placed on leave.
Legal Options for Victims of Sexual Abuse by Youth Sports Coaches
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has a long track record of helping sexual assault survivors find justice, in both criminal and civil courts. Here is some input from Brian concerning the legal options to those who have been sexually abused by youth sports coaches:
Sexual predators are often found in positions of trust. These predators hide in plain sight while working and volunteering in schools, youth sports leagues, religious organizations, and other fields that involve positions of trust and authority over vulnerable victims.
When a school employee sexually abuses a student, the victim must get the assistance they need and the abuser must be prosecuted and removed from the school. Additionally, schools that enable abuse through negligence may also be held liable if the victims and their families decide to take legal action. For example, a school might be considered negligent for failing to properly respond to complaints of sexual misconduct or failing to run a background check before hiring a new employee.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a teacher, coach, or another school employee, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking to an experienced sex abuse victims lawyer.