Former Priest Arrested, Charged with Sexual Molestation

Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
July 24, 2007

Los Angeles — A former priest with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was arrested today on a felony complaint charging him with multiple counts of sexual molestation of a child under the age of 14, the District Attorney's office announced.

George Miller, 69 (dob 3-12-38), was arrested at his residence in Oxnard by investigators with the District Attorney's Bureau of Investigation. He is charged in case No. PA059590 with three counts of lewd act on a child and three counts of sodomy of a person under 14 all felonies. He is being held on $600,000 bail.

"As promised, investigations are ongoing into alleged sexual abuse of minors by priests," Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said today. "As evidence is developed to sustain criminal filings, we will do so."

Miller allegedly met the victim when he was 5 years old while Miller was assigned to the Guardian Angel Church in Pacoima. Miller allegedly befriended the victim's mother and became a frequent guest in her home. He allegedly first formed a close relationship with the victim's older brother. Miller began taking the victim on overnight trips and allegedly began sexually molesting him. He's charged with sexually molesting the victim between March 1988 to March 1991.

In 2002, Miller was originally charged with 24 counts of sex crimes against minors involving John Doe's older brother and two other male minors, who were brothers. That case was dismissed in 2003 pursuant to the U.S. Supreme Court's Stogner decision that ruled California's statute of limitations extension was unconstitutional. Deputy District Attorney Sam Dordulian with the Target Crimes Division will prosecute the case.

Miller is scheduled to be arraigned after 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, in San Fernando Superior Court. If convicted, he is facing up to 18 years in state prison.


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