Accused Berlin Priest Facing Further Charges

By Samaia Hernandez
Hartford Courant
June 21, 2012,0,3956057.story

BERLIN Nearly a year after a Berlin priest was accused of using social media to converse with a 13-year-old boy about sex, he is facing additional felony charges after officers examined the contents of his computer and cellphone, police said.

The Rev. Michael Miller, 42, surrendered to police in Berlin last Thursday. He is charged with 10 counts of risk of injury, two counts of obscenity and third-degree child pornography.

He allegedly used Facebook and text messaging on his cellphone to communicate with a boy he knew from his work at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Kensington. He was suspended from the ministry by the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Miller admitted to detectives that he, on at least two occasions, offered the boy oral sex, according to an arrest warrant. In 2011, he was charged with five counts of risk of injury and one count of attempted obscenity.

The warrant says Miller engaged in increasingly sexually graphic conversations with the boy and asked about his sexual development. The priest also told the boy about his own sexual experiences with men, the warrant states.

The boy told police that Miller never touched him.

Miller posted $300,000 bail and was released Thursday.



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