The University of Connecticut music professor who was previously suspended from the school with pay over allegations of sexual misconduct has retired with a $69,000 annual pension.
Music professor Robert Miller was suspended with pay in 2013 while police investigated allegations of sexual misconduct. The professor, who had been making a salary of $135,741, was placed on administrative leave with pay on June 21, 2013; he was also barred from campus.
The state-commissioned investigation revealed the 67-year-old professor’s disturbing past, including “strong, credible evidence that Professor Miller engaged in serious misconduct before and during the time that he has been a professor at UConn.”
Specifically, the report revealed that Miller had allegedly inappropriately touched boys at Newman’s Hole In The Wall Camp for sick children in the early 1990s, and a middle school student in 1969. Unfortunately, the statute of limitations has run out on some of these allegations.
Miller was accused of inappropriately touching the child of a music department colleague.
The former head of the university's music deparment had also apparently violated school policy and engaged in misconduct with students, including being naked with students in a hot tub and dancing in his underwear with a student.
Furthermore, the report stated that UConn officials, including former fine arts dean David Woods, were aware of the allegations against Miller involving children as early on as 2003. UConn officials are now trying to fire Woods for failing to take appropriate action against Miller.
One day after the report was released, UConn announced plans to dismiss both Miller and Woods.
The very next day, Miller notified the university’s human resources department that he wished to retire; his retirement became effective on April 1.
A UConn spokeswoman said that Miller’s decision to resign was in line with “his right to retire before the disciplinary proceedings concluded.”
A 2008 Connecticut law allows for revocation of a state pension, such as Miller’s, if the person is convicted of a felony related to his public office. However, because no criminal charges have been brought against Miller, his pension appears to be secure.
Woods’ lawyer has denied all allegations brought against Wood.
Miller, for his part, said that he has “no comment, no comment at all” when he was reached at his home on Wednesday.