A special prosecutor has been appointed to take over the investigation of embattled Indianapolis City-County Councilman Jeff Miller, who is accused of child molesting.
Special Judge Mark A Smith granted Miller’s request for a special prosecutor as his case moves forward. He was charged in November with three felony counts of child molesting.
The Republican had requested a special prosecutor because Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, a Democrat, had donated to Miller’s political opponent, Emily Shrock, in the last election. Shrock formerly worked in the prosecutor’s office.
The new prosecutor will be D. Lee Buckingham II, who is the Hamilton County prosecutor.
Miller has remained on the council since being charged, even though GOP leadership removed him from his committee assignments and expelled him from the caucus.
Miller is accused of fondling two young female friends of his son in his home. Court documents say Miller told investigators that he didn't intend for the touching to be sexual.