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Roman Catholic Priest Indicted On Two New Abuse Accounts

Dec 5, 2002 | The Courier-Journal

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted the Rev. Louis E. Miller Wednesday on two counts of indecent or immoral practices with another bringing the number of children he is charged with abusing to 26.

Miller, who retired in March after sexual abuse allegations surfaced, has pleaded innocent to all previous charges.

Miller now is accused in Jefferson County Circuit Court of abusing 18 children and faces charges in Oldham County of abusing eight others. In all, Miller faces 59 felony counts.

Miller has also been named in 70 civil lawsuits filed against the Archdiocese of Louisville, claiming officials covered up the abuse complaints.

The latest criminal charges against Miller include two boys under the age of 15. The incidents allegedly occurred between September 1957 and June 1960.

The indictment says Miller fondled one boy at the Church of Holy Spirit in Louisville. The victim now an adult would not comment on the charges, and has not filed a civil suit.

The other count accuses Miller of having another boy fondle the priest.

James Cecil _ now 54 _ told The Courier-Journal that the alleged abuse occurred at Holy Spirit Church while he was an altar boy. Cecil told the newspaper that he would not file a suit against the archdiocese.

A Jefferson County Circuit judge had set a March trial date for previous charges against Miller.

A pretrial conference for those charges is scheduled on Dec. 16.

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