Disgraced ex-priest Louis Miller, who was accused in lawsuits of molesting dozens of children at four parishes under the watch of three archbishops — and convicted of sexually abusing 28 of them — died Saturday at the Kentucky State Reformatory, where he was serving a 30-year sentence. He was 86.
Miller, the most prolific of the archdiocese’s abusive priests, was accused in civil cases of molesting at least 52 boys and four girls over 40 years, in locker rooms, hallway closets, hospital rooms and church sacristies.
In one parish alone, Holy Spirit, Miller molested 24 students, including 14 members of the class of 1963 who were in sixth grade at the time, according to lawsuits filed in Jefferson Circuit Court filed on behalf of 243 victims that were settled in 2008 by the archdiocese for $25.7 million. The Courier-Journal reported that Miller was moved from parish to parish as abuse was reported.
In a statement Monday, the archdiocese noted that Miller, who was removed from the priesthood in 2004 by Pope John Paul II, “expressed sorrow for his actions and begged victims forgiveness” at his sentencing a year earlier.
“The Archdiocese extends its sympathy to Mr. Miller’s family,” the statement said. “In praying for the repose of his soul, we also pray for continued healing for his victims and for all victims of childhood sexual abuse.”
Dr. William Handelman, one of his victims at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, said Miller lived "a long life before he was caught" and "finally some justice was served."
Attorney Bill McMurry, the lead attorney for the victims, said in an email Monday that Miller remains one of the most prolific pedophile priests in U.S. history and abused nearly 90 of his clients.
“Louis Miller’s under-oath testimony in my cases still haunts me today,” McMurry said.
A Priest's Troubled Path Abuse allegations followed Rev. Louis Miller through career Andrew Wolfson The Courier-Journal June 23, 2002Tweet
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