Former DuPont Manual High School journalism teacher faces child pornography charges

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A well-known former journalism professor at duPont Manual High School is facing child pornography charges.

James H. Miller, 50, was charged Wednesday in Jefferson Circuit Court with two counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor under 16 and two counts of possession of material depicting a sexual performance by a minor, according to court documents.

The charges stem from two videos authorities say were found on Miller’s phone where he allegedly filmed a minor undressing, according to an email from First Assistant Erwin Roberts of the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

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Roberts said “no public school children were involved,” but he couldn’t provide more information at this time.

A no contact order was also issued on Monday ordering Miller to stay away from the victim. He is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday, according to court documents.

On March 10, Miller delivered his resignation letter to duPont textbook director Michael Newman.

“One of the most important, challenging and rewarding assignments of my life has been working at duPont Manual, my alma mater,” he wrote in his resignation letter. “Unfortunately, and with great regret, I must tender my resignation, effective April 13, 2022, due to personal circumstances beyond my control.”

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Reached Sunday evening, JCPS spokeswoman Carolyn Callahan was unsure whether Miller had been the subject of a district inquiry when he resigned.

Although her resignation was effective in mid-April, she said Miller had not been in a classroom since Jan. 12.

Callahan said counselors will be available for manual students and staff from Tuesday.

It is district practice to delay internal investigations until police investigations are complete. JCPS will still remove teachers from classrooms pending investigations.

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JCPS personnel documents show no record of Miller being reassigned to a non-teaching role, and Miller’s official resignation documents show he was still assigned to Manual when he resigned in the spring.

Callahan said she doesn’t know why Miller hasn’t been in a classroom since Jan. 12.

This story will be updated.

Olivia Krauth can be reached at [email protected] Journalist Maggie Menderski can be reached at [email protected]

This article originally appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal: Former DuPont Manual High teacher faces child pornography charges

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