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L.A. Unified seeks dismissal of music teacher in abuse case

Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy is seeking dismissal of Vance Miller, a popular music teacher at Hamilton High School who allegedly had sexual relationships with students

After this week's arrest of a teacher for alleged lewd conduct with 23 students, Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy is moving swiftly on a separate case, seeking the dismissal of a popular music teacher at Hamilton High School who allegedly had sexual relationships with students.

Two former students, now adults, accuse Vance Miller, 59, of having sex with them while they were in high school. An attorney representing the students has filed one lawsuit for damages and said he is poised to file a second. He also said that additional victims have come forward.

Miller, reached at his home, declined to be interviewed.

Miller was pulled from Hamilton's highly regarded music, dance and theater program in 2010, when the allegations apparently emerged. He has been suspended with pay since that time.

A police investigation did not result in criminal charges, but the Los Angeles Unified School District opened its own inquiry last fall. Miller was pulled from the Mid-City campus before Deasy became superintendent last year.

Deasy reviewed the case after an inquiry this week from The Times and decided that he had enough information to dismiss Miller.

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-- Howard Blume

Photo: Vance Miller conducts the Hamilton High School symphony orchestra in 2008. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

 
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