Whas11 Exclusive: Priest in Prison for Sex Abuse Goes before Parole Board

April 22, 2009

WHAS11) - It was one of the first major cases in the archdiocese of Louisville sex abuse scandal.

Father Louis Miller was moved from parish to parish, abusing catholic kids.

He's in prison now but had a chance Wednesday to get out.

The Kentucky parole board met Wednesday to decide if former Louisville Priest Louis Miller, the man who sexually assaulted dozens of children over four decades, should be let out of prison.

He's no longer Father Louis Miller. He's better known these days as inmate number 163713.

Miller is serving a 30 year sentence at the LaGrange Reformatory for molesting and sexually abusing more than two dozen children dating back to the 50s, at various catholic churches in Jefferson and Oldham Counties.

Now two men will decide if Miller gets out of prison after serving six years of his sentence.

A two man panel of the Kentucky parole board is reviewing Miller's file, finding that he has a job as a prison sanitation worker.

He's been written up twice for violating rules and has completed the sex offender treatment program. But one of Miller's victims and a woman who says she was abused by a different priest, say Miller shouldn't be allowed back on the street.

And after reviewing Miller's file, the parole board members agree.

That means that 78-year-old Miller will serve out his sentence, getting out of prison no later than 2024. He'll likely get out earlier after getting credit for so-called good time.

Miller could also petition the parole board for a new review of his file.

He did apologize to his victims after pleading guilty to a total of 62 charges of indecent and immoral practices and sexual abuse back in 2003.


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