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Oldham Trial Date Set For Retired Priest

Rev. Miller faces sex-abuse charges involving 8 children

Nov 8, 2002 | AP

A trial date of June 9 has been set for the Rev. Louis Miller, a retired Roman Catholic priest charged with sexually abusing eight children in Oldham County.

He appeared in Oldham Circuit Court yesterday, Commonwealth's Attorney Kim Snell said.

Miller, 71, was indicted in June in Oldham County on 14 felony counts of indecent and immoral practices involving eight children when he worked at St. Aloysius in Pewee Valley. He has pleaded innocent.

Miller faces similar charges in Jefferson County. All the alleged victims in the Oldham cases were under 15 when the incidents allegedly took place, between 1972 and 1975.

In June, Miller pleaded innocent in Jefferson County to 36 counts of indecent and immoral practices and six counts of sexual abuse. A trial in those cases has been set for March 31 in Jefferson Circuit Court.

Miller also has been named as the alleged abuser in 70 of 186 civil lawsuits filed against the Archdiocese of Louisville. The plaintiffs claim they were sexually abused as youngsters by members of the clergy or others connected with the church.

In July, Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly wrote Miller and seven other priests named in the lawsuits, saying they had been permanently removed from the ministry. They technically remain priests, but Kelly has forbidden them to celebrate Mass publicly, wear clerical garb or present themselves as priests.

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