LHISD teacher arrested for improper student relationship
By MIKE EDDLEMAN
Liberty Hill ISD Superintendent Steve Snell confirmed Tuesday that former Liberty Hill High School teacher Brian Miller was booked into the Williamson County Jail this morning, charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of improper relationship between educator and student.
All charges are second degree felonies. In Texas, second degree felonies are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and or up to a $10,000 fine.
Snell was informed of the initial arrest in the early-morning hours of Dec. 17.
“There’s not a lot we can say because it is an ongoing case,” Snell said. “I found out about it at 2 a.m., and when he was released by the police we had him come meet with us the next morning at 8 a.m.. He was told he would be terminated, and he resigned instead.”
An investigation conducted by the Liberty Hill Police Department and the Liberty Hill ISD Police Department led to the initial arrest and charges.
“They’ve done a fantastic job of making sure this case was handled properly,” Snell said. “We have a lot of gratitude for the efforts of the City and ISD police departments.”
The Independent has requested local police reports regarding the investigation that led to Miller’s arrest.
In an emotional conversation, Snell shared his frustration over the incident.
“My biggest deal is, besides all the emotions of being upset, angry and all that, is the bottom line is parents entrust us to take care of their children,” he said. “Innocent until proven guilty, but this is absolutely unacceptable at the highest level. I couldn’t be more angry right now that he betrayed the trust of the community, the school district.”
Miller was a Career and Technology Education teacher at LHHS, who had been employed by the district since January 2020. Miller went through the same hiring process that is standard for the district.
“The interview process is thorough,” Snell said. “The reference check is thorough. You do a criminal background check, but also every employee in the school has to be fingerprinted and those fingerprints are run. They only catch what’s in the system. They don’t catch what’s in your mind or your intentions. If it’s never happened or never been caught before, school districts aren’t going to know.”
Snell said even with no sign of a previous issue, the shock doesn’t mitigate the frustration and disappointment.
“As far as we know nothing like that has ever happened before, but this is the first district he has taught in,” Snell said. “We’re pretty disgusted right now as a school district. Our hearts go out to the family of the victim. There’s nothing good that came from this decision, and in my opinion it is permanently damaging two families.”