The King County Prosecutor’s Office has filed sexual misconduct and molestation charges against a Ballard High School staffer alleged to have engaged in a sexual relationship with a student since 2016.
Meghan B. Miller, an assistant soccer coach at BHS, is facing two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree and one count of third-degree child molestation. King County Jail records show she was booked on Dec. 21, and released on $100,000 bail the next day.
Court documents state the alleged victim told Seattle Police she met Miller when she was 14. Miller was an instructional assistant at BHS, and assisted another teacher in running an after-school program the alleged victim was in. She is also the assistant soccer coach at the school.
The alleged victim told police Miller would let her complain about her parents, walk her to class, visit with her before and after class, chat with her on Instagram and generally consume her social life, according to court documents.
“By consuming her life, Meghan (Miller) prevented (the alleged victim) from being close to her parents, from being close to other friends or dating,” according to the certification for determination of probable cause filed with charges.
The alleged victim told police her first sexual encounter with Miller took place in summer 2016, before she entered her sophomore year, according to court docuasustained during an athletic camp, Miller allegedly groped the teen over her clothes.
Miller and the Ballard High School student would allegedly meet in Bayview Park or Queen Anne Bowl, and Miller would reportedly communicate with the student from the alley behind her house, according to court documents.
Court documents state the two became more sexual during the student’s sophomore year, and that Miller would sometimes wait for the student when she got off work from her job in Queen Anne. The alleged victim reported to police being groped inside Miller’s office and the locker room at Ballard High School.
“Meghan (Miller) told (the alleged victim) when she was older and she graduated high school, they could be together,” according to court documents.
The alleged victim told police she became more confused and uncomfortable about the relationship as time went on, later telling Miller she was interested in someone her own age. Their last sexual interaction reportedly occurred at the beginning of this October, but they stayed in contact until Nov. 30.
The student told a friend about the relationship, according to court records, and that student reported it to a BHS employee.
BHS principal Keven Wynkoop sent an email to parents and guardians on Friday, Dec. 21, alerting them that Miller had been charged and was immediately put on leave.
“Recently, we received information that a student may have been the victim of a crime perpetrated by a school staff member,” a portion of the email states. “We take an allegation of this nature very seriously and as soon as we learned the staff member’s identity, we immediately notified the Seattle Police Department (SPD), Human Resources and our Title IX Office.”
Wynkoop writes that additional counseling staff at the school will be available when students return from winter break.