The University of Connecticut is investigating a faculty member for “inappropriate sexual contact with minor children.”
According to a report from Attorney General George Jepsen’s office, the faculty member was “known to have visited freshman dorms, provided drugs to students and had sex with students.” University officials had been previously informed of this situation.
In an early morning email to the media Monday, UConn announced the investigation, which includes the office of Attorney General George Jepsen. UConn spokeswoman Stepahanie Reitz said the probe involves multiple law enforcement agencies. The employee under investigation has been on paid leave since June 21.
On June, 21, Robert Miller, former head of the music department, was placed on leave. Monday morning’s announcement cited Miller as the employee under investigation and on paid leave, thought not by name.
A “request for proposals” released early Monday by Jepsen’s office states that that attorney general is seeking a law firm to “represent and advise the board of trustees” in what could be a deepening controversy involving sexual misconduct involving a professor and children. The request states:
The University has received information that a member of the faculty may have engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with minor children in the past. The substantive allegations involve children at a summer camp in Connecticut and at a school out of state. When these allegations were brought to the UConn Police Department in February 2013, it contacted appropriate Connecticut and out of state mlaw enforcement authorities. UConn understands that there is an active criminal investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies.
… Following these events, on Wednesday June 26, 2013 a member of the faculty contacted UConn’s Title IX coordinator to report that a student had reported to the faculty member that the student was not surprised to hear about the faculty member’s being investigated by the police because the faculty member was known to have visited freshman dorms, provided drugs to students and had sex with students. The faculty member reporting this conversation to the Title IX coordinator also indicated that the faculty member now being investigated was known to have a history of having sex with boys. With regard to the faculty member being investigated, this appears to be the first allegation of misconduct involving UConn students or on the UConn campusto have come to the attention of the current senior University administration. The existence of prior information will be a subject of the retrospective institutional review.