BROWARD SHERIFF DEPUTY ARRESTED ON CHARGE OF CHILD ABUSE
BROWARD SHERIFF DEPUTY ARRESTED ON CHARGE OF CHILD ABUSE-Suspect: Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Willard Miller, 38, male.
Description of Incident
Personnel with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division arrested a school resource deputy on one count of child abuse without great bodily harm.
BSO School Resource Deputy Willard Miller turned himself in on Tuesday morning, November 5 at the Public Safety Building.
The incident occurred approximately 2 p.m. on September 25 at Cross Creek School, located at 1010 N.W. 31st Ave. in Pompano Beach. Deputy Miller is seen on Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) surveillance video grabbing a 15-year-old female student by the neck and slamming her to the ground.
BCPS Special Investigative Unit reported the incident to BSO‘s Internal Affairs Division on September 27. Upon immediate review of the video, Deputy Miller was removed from the school and placed on restricted administrative assignment on September 27.
After further investigation, detectives formally presented the case to the State Attorney’s Office on October 23.
Deputy Miller was suspended without pay on October 28. He was arrested and bonded out of jail on Tuesday, November 05, 2019 on a bond of $5,000.00 and surrendering his passport.
IA Sgt. E. Girado (PC)
Capt. S. Champagne and Lt. B. Lindquist, IA
If after watching the video from the school isn’t disturbing enough, Cross Creek is actually a special needs school for Emotionally Behaviorally Disturbed (EBD) students.
Cross Creek School was developed by the School Board of Broward County as an educational center servicing Emotionally Behaviorally Disturbed (EBD) students ranging in ages from 5 to 22, K to 12th grades.
Complete curriculums are offered for elementary, middle and high school students earning both regular and special diplomas. Services are delivered through an interdisciplinary approach that integrates instruction and therapy.
The program has a behavioral management system and mental health component which include academic, vocational, therapeutic and behavioral interventions to assist students in making appropriate choices.
The goal is for students to develop the behavioral and academic skills necessary for a successful school experience to help them transition back to a mainstream school or into the community after the school years.
Hats off to sheriff, Gregory Tony. We are behind any law enforcement chief that attempts to clean up their department. The sheriff says “He’s Sick of It”, and it seems he means it.
To be fair, former sheriff Scott Israel, at the time of his removal, had arrested, fired, and prosecuted more BSO deputies, than all the sheriffs before him combined. There may be hope for Broward County yet.
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