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Marion County GOP Chairman Renews Call for Jeff Miller to Step Down

Miller, representative of District 16, has pleaded not guilty to charges of child molestation but is refusing to step down.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Marion County GOP Chairman Jim Merritt stepped up the pressure for Jeff Miller, a City-County councilor facing charges of child molestation, to resign.

"Given Jeff Miller's current legal situation, it is our belief that he is unable to fully serve the residents of his district and the people of Indianapolis," Jim Merritt said in a statement.

"We still believe that in the best interest of his constituents, he should resign to take care of his personal matters and his family. This would allow someone to step into his spot that is able to give their full attention to the constituents of district 16. The Marion County Republican Party will continue to look for a quality candidate to replace Jeff Miller, whether that be through a caucus or in the 2019 election."

Merritt has said that Miller told him over the phone he would resign, but has yet to follow through.

The council voted Monday night to remove Miller from the three committees on which he served: Public Works, Metropolitan and Economic Development and Community Affairs and Education. 

Despite many calls to resign, Miller said in an email to constituents that he has no intention of stepping down. 

Miller was charged on November 17 with three counts of child molestation. According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, the investigation began after a 10-year-old girl came forward claiming that Miller had massaged her and made her uncomfortable on more than one occasion. 

He appeared in court Monday afternoon where he pled not guilty to those charges. His pre-trial hearing is set for March 16, 2018. 

"The Marion County Republican Party will continue to look for a quality candidate to replace Jeff Miller, whether that be through a caucus or in the 2019 election," Merritt said.

(Photo by RTV6.) 

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