The University of Maine professor accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she slept has been arrested and charged with sexual assault.
Johnathan R. Miller, 37, was taken into custody Wednesday morning after an officer with the Purdue Police Department was dispatched to his home on the campus of the Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, the Lafayette-Journal-Constitution reported.
The Lafayette-La Crosse County district attorney’s office said in a statement that Miller was taken in for questioning and was released later Wednesday afternoon.
The university announced Miller had been suspended from his post pending the outcome of the investigation.
Miller was previously charged with one count of sexual battery in 2015.
He had pleaded not guilty to that charge.
Purdue police said in November that Miller, who had been teaching at Purdue for three years, had invited a woman to his house and that she had driven to his residence to use the bathroom when he allegedly forcibly entered the woman’s bedroom.
The woman reported the incident to campus police and he was placed on administrative leave.
The woman told police that Miller had made advances toward her when she woke up at about 5:30 a.m. in November.
She said she was sleeping on a couch in the living room and that he grabbed her and put his hand on her thigh, according to the police report.
Miller had been placed on paid leave after being arrested and the university said he had been a professor for nearly a decade.
He was also a staff member for Purdue’s Office of Institutional Equity, the university’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and an adjunct professor.
Miller is due in court on Thursday.