Indy Councilman Jeff Miller appears in court to face child molestation charges

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Indianapolis City-County Councilman Jeff Miller appeared in court Monday in connection with a child molestation case.

Miller faces three counts of child molesting, fondling or touching with a child under 14. Court documents show he is accused of fondling two young girls inside his Fletcher Place home after a month-long investigation.

One of the two alleged victims told authorities Miller “did bad touch” to her at his home on Oct. 20, according to court documents. A victim told her parents of the incidents after watching a report about Harvey Weinstein.

In court, Miller is expected to ask for a special prosecutor to be assigned to the case. The State has two weeks to respond to that request.

Miller asked for a no-contact order between him and his son to be lifted. Prosecutors said if it's lifted, visits should be supervised. The judge said the matter is being considered and gave prosecutors two weeks to formally respond. Miller is the sole caregiver and claims it's not in the child's best interest to keep them apart.

The son was initially placed in foster care by the Department of Child Services before being placed in the care of Miller's parents.

He was called upon to resign from his post after the charges, but he has not submitted a letter of resignation and appears to have no plan to do so. He has continued to attend community meetings and events, as well as tweet and send out emails in an official capacity.

Monday evening, City-County Council leaders will meet to evaluate Miller's role on the council and determine if his role should be reduced. It's unclear if he will attend the full council meeting.

Miller didn't comment while entering or exiting the courthouse Monday. His pre-trial has been set for March 16 in Hendricks County. A trial could begin in about four months.