US Marshals move head of Bible college to different jail
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:21:03 GMT —
Reginald Wayne Miller, the head of Cathedral Bible College in Marion, was moved Monday from the Florence County Detention Center to another jail at the request of his attorneys, according to Deputy Brad Dorn, US Marshals District of South Carolina.
Miller is now being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County.
Miller pleaded not guilty last month during a federal arraignment hearing on two counts of Forced Labor against international students at Marion's Cathedral Bible College.
The indictment says Miller, who serves as the president of the college, did knowingly provide and obtain labor and services of two unnamed individuals by means of abuse and threatened abuse of law and legal process.
He was initially arrested May 21 on a federal criminal complaint.
According to federal authorities, eight students at the college said Miller threatened expulsion, and therefore termination of their legal presence in the United States, if they didn't comply with his demands.
The international students worked on the Marion campus on student visas, and the warrant says they were paid below minimum wage. It also says they endured work schedules that were outside the bounds of those permitted by federal regulations.
The students performed work under hostile conditions and duress, they were not paid, and they lived in conditions that were substandard, according to the warrant.
It adds that the students endured long periods without hot water, heat or air conditioning, and were given food that was expired or insufficient for consumption and nutrition.
Federal prosecutors indicated in court documents filed earlier this month that they plan to present a superseding indictment against Miller, as well as produce additional evidence against Miller.
Prosecutors have asked for a continuance in Miller's case until September 11.
According to the Cathedral Bible College website, the Marion campus on North Main Street was purchased in the fall of 2012. The school opened in January 2013.
The website says at one point the Bible College was located in Myrtle Beach.
According to the site, Miller is still the president.