A San Luis Obispo High School teacher who is on leave accused of making threatening remarks in an email to the teacher's union in March had his bail reduced today to $100,000.
Brian Sanford Miller, 55, who taught in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District for 26 years, had been in custody in the San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
He has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of making criminal threats and a misdemeanor of interfering with peaceful conduct of the activities at a school.
San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Michael Duffy said that as a condition of the bail reduction, if Miller is able to make bail he'll be required to wear an electronic tracking device around his ankle, have a GPS tracking device in his car, and avoid contact with district school personnel and stay away from school property.
Miller allegedly threatened his own life and the lives of three others in his e-mail on March 28 that expressed anger against the district's administration in particular.
His attorney, Ken Cirisan, said that his client is a popular teacher who has made a difference in the lives of many students over the years. Police also didn't find any weapons in his home after a search, Cirisan said.
"He understands that he won't ever teach in the community again," Cirisan said. "He's extremely embarrassed by this."
Cirisan argued for a release on Miller's own recognizance, saying his client was hoping to work out a retirement plan with the district.
San Luis Obispo County Deputy District Attorney Karen Gray argued to keep the bail, but said that if bail was lowered she wanted to ensure the monitoring devices were installed to track Miller's whereabouts.
"There are a lot of frightened people in the school district," Gray said. "He made threats of going postal."
Duffy warned Miller that, if he's released, he needed to be mindful of his behavior. Miller responded that he's well aware of that and would obey the orders.