The issue of clergy sexual abuse was again fired up in Los Angelesafter a former priest of the Roman Catholic sect was arrested oncharges of child molestation last Tuesday. This is incidentally fiveyears after the previous allegations of sexual abuse have been thrownout due to a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court canceling a statute oflimitations extension in California for such cases, as prosecutors haveclaimed. Sixty-nine years old George Miller was charged with allegedsexual abuse of a boy during the period of March 1988 up to March 1991.These incidents happened when Miller had been assigned as priest inPacoima's Guardian Angel Church, Los Angeles County. Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/20/2007 --
The following facts of the case was released through a statement from the district attorney's office.
Miller's arrest came approximately a week following the $660million civil settlement on the claims of 500 and more alleged clergyabuse victims, made by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Upon announcing Miller's arrest, the District Attorney Steve Cooleydeclared that they their promised investigations regarding the allegedsexual abuse or molestations of minors committed by priests are alreadyunderway.
According to the prosecutors, the victim was just a boy of 5 yearsold when Miller had met him. The boy's mother was befriended by Millerand resulted to the frequent visits of the priests in the home of theboy's family. Eventually, the friendship and familiarity that developedmade way for the priest being able to take the victim out for overnighttrips.
The charges on Miller were three counts of felony for lewd acts ona child and three counts of sodomy of a person under the age of 14. Hewas also held on a bail bond of $600,000. Miller would likely face 18years imprisonment once he becomes convicted for all of the charges.
The arraignment on the case was scheduled on Wednesday in the San Fernando Superior Court.
Steven Cron, Miller's attorney did not supply immediate informationor declaration regarding the case. He also did not return a message byphone during Tuesday when sought for comments regarding his client'sarrest.
The alleged victim was given high praises and ensured with supportby the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Theirspokesperson, Barbara Dorris also said that they are hoping toencourage and inspire others to speak up, avail of help and have thelaw weigh down upon those guilty for such incidences.
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