More Charges For Father Michael Miller

More Charges For Father Michael Miller

BPD arrest former St. Paul priest on three new charges stemming from forensic analysis.

By Robert Mayer  June 20, 2012

From the link:

The Berlin Police Department arrested Father Michael Miller of St. Paul’s Church on three additional counts to the ones he is already facing. Miller was charged and arrested for obscenity, possession of child pornography and risk of injury to a minor.

Miller’s case has been continued 11 times since he was originally charged on five felony counts of risk of injury to a minor and a misdemeanor obscenity charge. One of the reasons the court case may have been continued was that the Berlin Police Dept. was working on forensics from cell phones and computers, which according to police takes time.

These forensic clues provide more evidence in the case against Miller, who was very popular in his tenure at St. Paul’s.

As part of the ongoing investigation, police served a warrant on Miller, 41, pastor of Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Kensington.

His case was originally ordered sealed by the court but was unsealed with lurid details of Miller’s relationship with a young boy.

Miller was hospitalized on July 4 when he was taken by Life Star helicopter to St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. Mystery surrounded the circumstances of his illness or injuries, though the Hartford Archdiocese acknowledged that Miller was under investigation and that the Franciscan Friars and Archdiocese were cooperating with the investigation.

According to the warrant, the Berlin Police Department received a complaint from the mother of a 13-year-old boy whose family members are parishioners of the church, which is located in Kensington. The woman told police that her son had become uncomfortable with the correspondence on Facebook and text messages from Father Michael Miller.

Police confiscated two computers from Miller, but before they could arrest him, he was flown to St. Francis Hospital on July 4 by Life Star after suffering a still-unspecified medical condition.

According to the original arrest warrant, the conversations started innocently enough but escalated into sexual comments quickly.

The original warrant states that Miller, who uses an alias on Facebook, asked the boy about his sexual preference. Miller told the boy he was bi-sexual in high school and was addicted to pornography.

When police confiscated Miller’s computers, the priest admitted to texting and talking to the boy on Facebook but said that there was no actual contact.

Miller, according to the warrant, also told the boy on more than one occasion that he would like to perform sex acts on him and asked him to meet him, but the boy declined. The request to meet seems to have led to the boy to talk to his mother.

Attorney William St. John represents Miller, who is currently suspended from his church duties. Miller is due back in court July 9.


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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

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  1. Multimedia art exhibition takes inspiration from abuse stories.

    Author: Maria Pepper, Wexford People (Tuesday, March 12, 2013).

    ‘And We Could Walk Again’

    A multimedia art exhibition dealing with the dark subject of abuse will open in a Wexford gallery this week.

    “And We Could Walk Again” features the work of artists Peter Kelly, Pat Doyle and author Patrick Bennett.

    Patrick a former victim of the deceased paedophile priest Fr. Sean Fortune, has written a book about his experience called ‘Taking Back My Soul’.

    Lines of the book will be printed one the walls of Studio 9 in Westgate, a gallery run by a group of local artists.

    The text will appear alongside photo-realistic paintings by Peter Kelly of Fr. Fortune who took his own life in 1999 before facing trial on sexual abuse charges.

    The paintings are a continuing project for Wexford artist Peter who has added new work to previously – painted larger than – life portraits of the notorious cleric. .

    The pictures caused controversy when shown in Wexford Arts Center last year, as part of a graduation show by art degree students at the Wexford Campus of Carlow I. T.

    Since then Peter has painted a portrait of the former Bishop of Ferns, Dr. Brendan Comiskey who was forced to resign over criticism of his failure to deal adequately with Fortune and others who sexually abused children.

    He has also added paintings of St. Peter’s College where much of Wexford’s clerical sex abuse took place, as it is viewed on the skyline of the town.

    Artist Pat Doyle another graduate of the art and design course in the college has created a video installation entitled ‘Letter rack No Mercy,’ inspired by the late Peter Tyrell who was the first abuse survivor to speak out about Letterfrack Industrial School in Connemara.

    ‘Letter-rack No Mercy’

    Peter died after setting himself on fire at Hampstead Heath in London in 1967.

    Where: Studio 9 Westgate St Wexford Ireland

    When: March 14th to April “20th

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