“Ex-Ottawa Valley priest faces new sex assault charges on historical cases” & related article

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 The Ottawa Citizen

22 October 2013

By Meghan Hurley

OTTAWA — A retired Ottawa Valley priest has been charged with historical sexual offences for the second time in less than two years.

Daniel Miller, 69, was charged Tuesday with gross indecency and indecent assault involving a teenage boy between 1970 and 1972 in Deep River.

He was released from custody on a promise to appear in court on Nov. 26.

Police said they launched an investigation after a victim came forward following charges laid against Miller last year.

Miller was charged in March of 2012 with three counts each of gross indecency and indecent assault against boys and one man between 1970 and 1980.

Miller was ordained priest in the Pembroke diocese in May 1969 and served in Eganville, Arnprior, Deep River and Petawawa prior to 1999.

Miller is the fourth priest of the Pembroke diocese to face historical sexual assault charges in recent years.

Father Howard Chabot was charged in July 2013 with sexual assault and gross indecency.

Msgr. Robert Borne was handed a nine-month conditional sentence last year for indecently assaulting a local teen more than 30 years ago.

In January 2008, Msgr. Bernard Prince was found guilty of molesting 13 young boys between 1964 and 1984.

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FATHER DAN MILLER FACING MORE SEX CHARGES

Pembroke Today

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22 October 2013  12:30:47 PM

 Father Dan Miller has already pleaded guilty to several counts of indecent assault and is awaiting sentencing. However, now police have added new charges to the allegations against the 69-year-old former parish priest. It is being alleged that a teenage male had been assaulted by a priest between 1970 and 1972, in Deep River. Following an investigation – Miller has been charged with Gross Indecency and Indecent Assault Against a Male. He was released on a Promise to Appear and will appear on the latest charges in the Ontario Court of Justice at Pembroke on November 26th.   

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 Pembroke priest faces new sex abuse allegations

CFRA radio

22 October 2013

By CFRA News staff

A former Pembroke priest is facing new allegations of sexual assault.

Daniel Miller, 69, has been charged with gross indecency and indecent assault on a male in connection with offences that allegedly took place between 1970 and 1972.

Police launched their investigation after receiving a complaint a teenager had been assaulted in the early 1970s in Deep River.

In February 2012, Miller was charged with three counts of gross indecency and three counts of indecent assault against a male for incidents that allegedly occurred between 1970 and 1980.

Miller has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke on Nov. 26.

2 Responses to “Ex-Ottawa Valley priest faces new sex assault charges on historical cases” & related article

  1. Sylvia says:

    I commend the complainant who went to police. Good for you!

    If there are others with sex abuse allegations against Father Dan Miller I urge you to contact police.

    I wonder if the charges which were set aside in the last set can be brought forward now? I would certainly hope so.

  2. Disgusted Catholic III says:

    This article was in the Deep River North Renfrew Times today.

    New Charges Laid Against Former Parish Priest

    The Ontario Provincial Police have
    laid new charges against a Pembroke
    priest already facing possible jail
    time for sexually assaulting young
    boys.
    OPP announced last week that they
    have charged Father Daniel Miller,
    69, with fresh counts of gross indecencyand
    indecent assault on a male.
    > CONnNUED ON PAGE 2

    New Charges Laid
    CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
    Police said the charges were laid following an investigation
    into a complaint that a teenage male had
    been assaulted by a priest between 1970 and 1972, in
    Deep River.
    Miller will appear in court on the charges on November26.
    Miller is already scheduled to appear November 28
    to be sentenced on five counts of indecent assault on
    a male.
    Miller entered a plea of guilty to the charges last
    June.
    Three of those charges involved victims who served
    as altar boys at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church
    and whose families had welcomed him as the parish
    priest into their Deep River homes.
    Miller’s victims were nine, 10 and 12 years old at
    the time of the assaults, which took place during
    overnight trips while staying at the home of Miller’s
    mother in Renfrew.
    In submissions to the trial judge, Superior Court
    Justice Timothy Ray, Renfrew County Crown Attorney
    Jason Nicol asked for a jail term of seven to nine
    months on the charges,
    Nicol said he agreed with the defence that Miller’s
    “public shame and embarrassment” could be considered
    a “mitigating factor” in his sentencing.
    “Given his high standing as a priest in this area for
    many years, he has been brought low,” he said.
    But Nicol said that is overshadowed by the “egregious”
    breach of trust involved in his case.
    “He would take these boys into his care (and) their
    parents trusted him,” Nicol said.
    “They had complete trust and faith in Mr. Miller as
    a priest, and not just as a priest but as a family friend,
    someone who they had taken into their homes, someone
    who ate with them.”
    Nicol said the court also bad to consider the impact
    on the lives of the victims.
    Before the sentencing arguments, the court heard a
    series of powerful and emotional victim impact statements
    from five of Miller’s victims and two of their
    mothers.
    Nicol said there is “no question” Miller’s actions
    have had a “devastating and lifelong impact on these
    men.”
    “I don’t think any of these men would say Mr.
    Miller was the source of all their problems,” he said.
    “But their statements show there is no such thing
    as minor sexual abuse of a child.
    “Any abuse is significant and usually has lifelong
    consequences.”

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