Pacoima priest arrested in sex abuse case

first_img That case was dismissed in 2003 after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California’s statute of limitations extension was unconstitutional. But authorities said the law does allow prosecutors to file charges in such cases from 1988 to the present. Earlier this month, a judge approved a $660 million settlement between the Archdiosese of Los Angeles and more than 500 people who said they were abused by clergymen. Officials could not say today whether any of the people who said they were abused by Miller were part of that settlement. Miller was arrested at his home in Oxnard and jailed in Los Angeles on $600,000 bail. He ws scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in San Fernando Superior Court. If convicted, he could get up to 18 years in state prison. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. PACOIMA – A retired priest at a church in Pacoima was arrested today on charges of sexually molesting a 5-year-old boy at the Pacoima church where he once served, officials said. George Miller, 69, was a priest with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at the Guardian Angel Church, where he allegedly befriended the mother of the 5-year-old victim and became a frequent guest in her home in the 1980s. Prosecutors said Miller began taking the boy on overnight trips and sexually molested him between March 1988 and March 1991. “As promised, investigations are ongoing into alleged sexual abuse of minors by priests,” District Attorney Steve Cooley said Tuesday. “As evidence is developed to sustain criminal filings, we will do so.” Prosecutors did not identify the alleged victim in the Pacoima case, but said that in 2002 Miller was charged with 24 counts of sex crimes against minors involving the boy’s older brother and two other male minors who were brothers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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