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Cedar City assistant football coach asked students to bring him drugs, officials say

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 16 2011 2:29 p.m. MST

Carter Miller was booked into the Iron County Jail for investigation of arranging the distribution of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone. He is accused of asking students to bring him prescription drugs from their homes.

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CEDAR CITY — A southern Utah high school assistant football coach and teacher was arrested Wednesday after school officials say he asked students to bring him prescription drugs from their homes.

Carter Miller, 23, was booked into the Iron County Jail for investigation of arranging the distribution of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, possessing a scheduled II controlled substance in a drug-free zone, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and receiving stolen property.

Miller, who had been placed on leave from Canyon View High School since Monday after the Iron/Garfield Counties Narcotics Task Force brought the investigation to light, resigned from the school Wednesday. He had been at the school about 2 1/2 years and taught special education, as well as being an assistant coach on the football team.

Canyon View Principal Rick Neilsen said the investigation into how many students were involved and how long the illegal activity had allegedly been going on was still under investigation Wednesday.

Neilsen said according to police, Miller asked students to bring him prescription drugs from their medicine cabinets at home. It was unknown Wednesday if he asked players from his football team or students in class.

School administrators talked to both groups of students Wednesday morning. The goal, Neilsen said, was to educate them about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. As of Wednesday, no students had been suspended, and Neilsen wasn't sure any would be.

"Our goal with the students is to educate and not look for punitive measures," he said. "You're looking at 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds that should not have been asked to do anything other than their math homework in class. ... I am concerned with the students and their well-being, that they were put in a position to make choices that they shouldn't have to make."

Miller was a very well-liked teacher at the school whom most students held in high regard, Neilsen said, adding that he does not believe the coach redistributed drugs to any students.

In a statement from the Iron-Garfield Counties Narcotics Task Force, police noted that Carter "wanted to express his apology to all of the people involved with this incident."

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