Lebanon police officer faces battery charge

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UPDATE (Dec. 5, 2019)– After reviewing the case, Hamilton County Special Judge Paul A. Felix filed a misdemeanor battery charge against James Miller.

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LEBANON, Ind. — Preliminary charges have been filed against an officer of the Lebanon Police Department after an investigation by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

According to court documents, James R. Miller faces preliminary charges including child seduction and battery after allegedly engaging in fondling or touching of a 16 or 17-year-old juvenile.

LPD said Captain Miller was suspended by Police Chief Chad Morgan on September 19 after learning the night before of an investigation of an off-duty incident being conducted by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

According to an LPD statement, Miller was placed on administrative leave with pay while the investigation was being conducted.

The results of the investigation were turned over to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, who appointed a special prosecutor in the case.

Court documents provide details of the investigation by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, which include alleged inappropriate touching and comments made to a juvenile.

LPD said on December 2, Chief Morgan was informed the special prosecutor would be seeking charges related to this incident.

Miller then submitted retirement paperwork to LPD on December 3 and will retire on December 8.

We’ve reached out to his attorney, who has denied to comment at this time.

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