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Former teacher in jail for soliciting boys, to be released

(WMC-TV) - It's a case that shocked the community — a teacher sent to jail for inappropriate behavior, and Thursday he will be back on the streets.

After taking a best-interest Alford plea, a now former teacher accused of soliciting boys is about to go free.

Darrin Miller taught theater at Sheffield High School until November 2011 when he was arrested at his home.

He was accused of driving around town in his purple Chevy Cobalt, and offering teenage boys money for sex.

December 2012, he pleaded guilty to some of the 10 charges against him.

He got a six year sentence, all six suspended, with eight years probation too.

He's due to be released on Thursday after only about 15 months in jail.

Prosecutors said they accepted Miller's guilty plea because the parents of the teenage victims did not want them to testify in open court. The sentence is the sole discretion of the judge.

Mike Working with the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys has no connection to this case, but he said based on state law Miller's sentence was anything but lenient.

"Someone who has no criminal history like this defendant would be presumed to be a good candidate for probation, and that's not what happened in this case," said defense attorney Mike Working. "He still had to do a lot of jail time and had several sentences of probation stacked on top of each other."

Miller is now a registered sex offender.

Any other scrape with the law and he would have to serve the full six years.

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