Retired Priest Pleads Not Guilty in Molestation Case

San Francisco Chronicle
October 23, 2007

Nearly 20 years after George Miller arrived as a Catholic priest at Guardian Angel Church in Pacoima, the now-retired cleric pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he molested a small boy during his tenure there.

Miller, 69, of Oxnard was arrested July 24 on a felony complaint that accuses him of three counts each of lewd acts on a child and sodomy of a person under 14.

Miller was forced to retire from the priesthood in 1996.

He has been free on bond since his arrest and was ordered to return to court for a pretrial hearing on Dec. 13.

The boy in question was 5 when the priest befriended his mother in 1988 and became a frequent guest at the family home, according to the complaint in the case.

Prosecutors said Miller eventually took the boy on overnight trips away from home.

The molestations allegedly occurred between 1988 and 1991, dates within the legal statute of limitations for prosecution.

In 2002, Miller was charged with molesting three other boys in the 1970s and 1980s, including the older brother of the boy involved in the current case.

Those charges were dropped because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning California's effort to extend the statute of limitations on sex crime cases.


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