Priest Faces Child-Sex Charges

By Tim O'Brien
Times Union (Albany, NY)
August 29, 2001

A Catholic priest from Whitehall faces charges of sexually propositioning a 14-year-old boy, police said.

The Rev. Michael J. Miller, 42, is charged with criminal solicitation, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to police, Miller was arrested at 9:40 p.m. Aug. 21 in a River Street parking lot just north of the Green Island Bridge by officers John Gordon and Ronald Fountain. He was arraigned in City Court, where bail was set at $5,000. He posted bail and was released. He is due back in court Thursday.

Miller served as chaplain at the maximum-security Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Washington County. He has been placed on an administrative leave and removed from any priestly assignments, according to The Rev. Kenneth Doyle, spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.

Doyle said there have never been any such complaints about Miller before.

"We are not aware of any past sexual misconduct," he said. "If we were aware, he would not have been assigned to any priestly duties. It is a surprise to us."

The priest is awaiting admission to a treatment facility, according to the diocese.


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