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Former teacher enters into plea agreement

Monday, September 28, 2009

A former North Clay Middle School physical education teacher entered into a negotiated plea agreement during court proceedings early Monday morning.

According to documentation provided by Clay Superior Court, Anita M. Miller, 44, with the assistance of her attorney Darrell E. Felling, negotiated a plea agreement/sentencing recommendation with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.

Miller was originally charged with class B misdemeanor public intoxication and class C misdemeanor public nudity stemming from an incident with Clay County Sheriff's Department personnel during an accident investigation. However, she was not prosecuted for those charges.

Miller agreed to plead guilty only to an amended class B misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. Miller also waived her right to a public and speedy trial by jury and will make factual testimony of her guilt as negotiated.

Per terms of the negotiated plea agreement, Clay County Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers sentenced Miller to 180 days incarceration at the Clay County Justice Center, with all suspended with the exception of four days of previous time served. She would be placed on formal probation for 176 days and ordered to perform 24 hours of community service.

Miller is ordered to obey all laws, pay court costs, fines and probation fees, report to probation officer as required and submit to alcohol counseling with the court's substance abuse counselor. She is prohibited from possessing and/or consuming alcohol and will be subject to random controlled substance screens and searches of her person, vehicle or residence without notice.

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I'm not in any way condoning what she did............but isn't this a more serious punishment than DUI people get (except for a license suspension)? A lot more people should be "prohibited from possessing and/or consuming alcohol" than just those who potty on the side of the road.

-- Posted by Bruther on Mon, Sep 28, 2009, at 6:10 PM

She is no example for my children. I hope she

learns her lesson. The school board needs to

weed out the crop of drinkers out there in our

school system. Everyone in this town see's what

the teachers do, in Public!

-- Posted by busymomandstudent on Mon, Sep 28, 2009, at 7:37 PM

I don't personally know the lady, but I do know that she is human and therefore apt to make mistakes. As to the severity of the punishment, remember that it was a negotiated plea agreement that she agreed to. Had it went to trial, the punishment might have been even more severe.

I think that someone is being judgmental and somehow forgetting that teachers are people too. I'm going to simply quote the Scripture on that as the words of Jesus puts it as plain as it can be stated, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." We all make mistakes, some of which are not noticed and some by people in high profile positions where using a seafood fork to eat salad is noticed and condemned by people concerned by the example the errant person is setting.

What "crop of drinkers" is being referred to as I doubt there is anything in our schools that contains alcohol, very few teachers drink "on the job" on the national scale and what an employee does on their off time is nobody's business. Should we require that they get their foreheads tattooed with "teacher, no alcohol"?

Frankly, only the fact that the person was a teacher even makes this a "news" story worthy of space at all. Otherwise, it would be a "blurb" in the public notices and long forgotten.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Tue, Sep 29, 2009, at 4:52 AM

Well said, Leo, well said!

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Tue, Sep 29, 2009, at 6:28 AM

I personally think what a person on or off the job makes a person. When you take a role as a teacher or anyone whom is in the public eye should not be out of control or impaired. Do it the private.

We all make mistakes and should pay the price for it. Most adults know right from wrong.

When quoting the Bible alot of people quote only what they want . think there is something about being impaired or over doing it such as eating, drinking.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, Sep 29, 2009, at 9:08 AM

give it a rest !

-- Posted by otis66 on Tue, Sep 29, 2009, at 9:33 AM

Are you kidding? I've seen certain members of the school board in the bar alot!

-- Posted by SKCC on Tue, Sep 29, 2009, at 10:30 AM

I relly dont see that she did something so bad at all,the nudity thing was bad,but teachers are human also.

I have read and know from reports of what the teachers go through on a daily basis,with kids now a days,would cause me to drink too.

Teachers have a lot tougher job in this day and age,than they did thirty,forty years ago.

I dont know if anyone remembers Mr.Penrod,but he used to sneak into the backdoor of the old pollroom there on National ave.

thier human for gods sake

-- Posted by T-REX on Tue, Sep 29, 2009, at 10:57 AM

sorry for the misspelling.half asleep and cant find my glasses,


-- Posted by T-REX on Tue, Sep 29, 2009, at 10:59 AM


* Teachers each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys.

* Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day's session.

* Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to the individual tastes of the pupil.

* Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes or two evenings a week if they go to church regularly.

* After ten hours in school, the teachers may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.

* Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed.

* Every teacher should lay aside from each pay a goodly sum of his earnings for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society.

* Any teacher who smokes, used liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls or gets shaved in a barbershop will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity and honesty.

* The teacher who performs his labor faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of twenty-five cents per week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.

Thought you might find this interesting,this is the rules from years ago

-- Posted by T-REX on Tue, Sep 29, 2009, at 11:08 AM

I used to know Anita years ago and she is an awesome person. I am not sure of all the circumstances here but I think the whole random search of a person's residence is ridiculous. Anita, I think you should have had another attorney represent you. Of course the idealology and beliefs are differnt in Indiana than they are here in Washington state.

-- Posted by parryj on Tue, Sep 29, 2009, at 11:20 AM


What do you mean the whole random search of a person's residence is ridiculous?She was also charged with possession of "pot",why should she be any different than anybody else that has similar charges. That is the point of those random searches to randomly search for illegal drugs or alcohol.Many people have to abide by these rules while serving probation and or home detention, she should not be exempt because she had a teaching license at one time. She should really feel "lucky" be/cuz usually in this town alcohol and drug charges are alot more severe than what she was sentenced to.(like Leo said)

-- Posted by westsidemom on Wed, Sep 30, 2009, at 11:11 AM