Teacher fights alleged false drug accusations and asks for amends
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In the criminal justice system, a person is presumed innocent until they can be proved guilty, but a teacher accused of buying drugs claims the police and the school district got it all wrong.
He says he was presume to be guilty from the start.
Miles Brown, 34, thought he had a dream job coaching lacrosse and teaching social science at Canyon Crest Academy, a high school in Carmel Valley.
But on February 25 this year, Brown was hauled out of his classroom and put into handcuffs. During the investigation looking into students suspected of dealing drugs, San Diego Police arrested the government and history teacher.
He was told that texts on a student’s cell phone indicated that Brown had been buying marijuana from the student.
But Brown told police and the school district that the accusations were false.
Although he was initially booked for delinquency of a minor, the DA never filed any charges in the case and one week later, the teenage girl even admitted that she made the story up.
But the damage was done. Brown was forced to resign from his teaching job. He lost his apartment and his phone and computer are still being held by police.
Now, with the help of his attorney. He’s trying to clear his name.
As further proof, there is a letter from the attorney who is representing the teenage girl. He sent this letter to the attorney for Miles Brown, in which he confirmed that all the accusations were flagrant lies.
"My minor female client explained to the detective she did not exchange any texts with the teacher nor did she ever communicate in any way with the teacher regarding drugs."
The texts the police viewed were texts she had sent to herself.
Brown said this ordeal has hurt him in many ways. He’s still out of work and he said the stress has affected his health.
On Friday, his attorney filed a petition with the San Diego Police Department and the DA’s office to have Brown’s arrest record sealed and ultimately destroyed.
In separate talks with the San Diego School District, Brown’s attorney is trying to see if the district will let Brown return to his job.