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Crime & Courts

Lawsuits filed in former Downers Grove North band director sex abuse case

DOWNERS GROVE – Two former Downers Grove North High School students have filed lawsuits alleging the school’s former band director sexually abused them.

The suits were filed May 23 in DuPage County Court on behalf of the two women, who are now adults, by Miroballi Durkin & Rudin Law in Chicago.

Community High School District 99 is named in the suits, which seek monetary damages for emotional distress and pain and suffering endured by the victims.

The suits allege the victims were sexually abused by William Miller between 2002 and 2006. Some of the abuse allegedly occurred on school grounds and included inappropriate touching and sexual acts, according to the suits.

Jill Browning, District 99’s director of communications, said June 4 the district has not “officially been served with any new lawsuits at this time."

"Our attorneys are following up," she said.

The alleged victims' attorney, Scott Rudin, was granted a motion June 4 that allows the women named in the lawsuits to be called Jane Doe and Jane Roe to protect their identities. District 99 could not be served with the lawsuits until the motion was ruled on, Rudin said.

The suits also allege school officials received complaints about Miller's alleged inappropriate or suspicious interactions with students but took no action.

“There were people who were in supervisory positions that really should have known,” said attorney Marty Lucas, who also is representing the alleged victims.

Another suit filed against District 99 in December 2017 alleges Miller engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior with female students.

Between 1996 and 2000, Miller allegedly "groomed and otherwise enticed female DGN students" to have sexual relations with him by providing alcohol and attempting to make emotional connections with them, according to the suit. The suit alleges from 1999 to 2000, Miller sexually abused the victim named in the suit on multiple occasions.

The suit was filed by the Rhatigan Law Offices in Chicago.

It alleges the district "knew or should have known that Mr. Miller had a history of and was continuing to engage in inappropriate sexual behavior with DGN students" and claims district officials received complaints about Miller.

The Community High School District 99 Board of Education in December 2017 accepted Miller’s voluntary resignation following an allegation he sexually harassed a student about two decades ago.

Miller, a District 99 employee since 1995, forfeited his teaching license and agreed not to teach in a K-12 setting, Superintendent Hank Thiele said in an email sent to district students, families and staff.

Miller was placed on administrative leave following the allegation, which was made by Jennifer Boudinot, a 1999 Downers Grove North graduate, who now lives in New York. In a November 2017 Facebook post, Boudinot said a teacher allegedly sexually harassed her and her friends. She did not name the teacher at the time.

Miller has not been criminally charged in connection with the accusations.

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