Berlin Priest Arrested

July 12, 2011

A priest in Berlin is facing five risk of injury/impairing the moral of a minor charges.

Father Michael Miller, 41, is a priest at St. Paul's Church in the Kensington section of Berlin. In addition to the risk of injury charges, he is also facing criminal attempt to obscenity.

A place housing a relegious ideology can be as warm and comfortable as your own home. It's why Sophie Fagan has come to St. Paul's in Kensington for decades.

Fagan said, "There's been nothing that I could - that would want me to leave this church."

But Sophie also says there's nothing that's been as shocking at her beloved church as the news 41 year old Father Michael Miller was arrested for risk of injury to a minor, and obscenity.

Fagan said, "That part that he's been accused of never, never entered my head."

Sara Lacana, another parishoner, said, "I see him a couple of times, who's around him? They don't see, that's my question. They don't see. I can see right away if someon is sick, maybe it's because I'm old."

Details of what the friar is accused of are not clear because the case has been sealed.

News 8 has learned Miller was staying at St. Francis hospital for an unknown reason.

Deputy Chief John Klett of the Berlin Police Department, said, "We picked him up this morning, he was released from St. Francis Hospital, he was fully co-operative, he was processed and released on a 150-thousand court set bond."

Hartford's Archdiocese released this statement, it reads, in part, "Upon learning of the allegation, the Provincial of the Franciscan Friars Conventual has suspended Fr. Michael from all public ministry. He can never return to ministry if these criminal charges are deemed credible."

Miller is being held on a $150,000 bond and will make his first appearance in court July 26th.


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