The Pembroke Daily Observer
29 February 2012
By ANTHONY?DIXON firstname.lastname@example.org
RENFREW – Father Daniel M. Miller, 67, a priest of the Diocese of Pembroke, has been arrested and charged by members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Renfrew County Crime Unit with sexual assault offences dating back several decades.
According to the OPP, the offences occurred against, then pre-teenage boys and an adult male, between 1970 and 1980.
Rev. Miller was arrested on Feb. 29, 2012 and charged with three counts of gross indecency and three counts of indecent assault against a male.
He has been released from custody on a promise to appear and officer-in-charge undertaking. He is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Renfrew on March 28, 2012.
The investigation is continuing under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch.
The Daily Observer attempted to contact the OPP?for more information but calls and emails were not returned by press time.
A news release issued on behalf of the Diocese of Pembroke Wednesday night stated that Rev. Miller has not been participating in public ministry for over a decade. He has been living in Pembroke.
Rev. Miller was ordained in Renfrew in 1969 and served briefly in Eganville, with other positions in Arnprior, Deep River and Petawawa, prior to 1999.
“The Diocese of Pembroke prays that the truth concerning this matter may be brought to light and extends support to any parties concerned in this case,” said the Most Reverend Michael Mulhall, the Bishop of Pembroke, in an email statement.
The release stated that the “…Diocese of Pembroke will continue to offer its complete cooperation with civil officials as the process unfolds and will encourage and support the healing process for all parties concerned following the resolution of the case.”
The investigation is continuing under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch. Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Renfrew County OPP Crime Unit at 613-432-3211 or 1-888-310-1122.
Anthony Dixon is The Daily Observer’s news editor
Comments on this Article.
Perhaps the parents of some of the sexually assaulted children went to the Bishop when it happened and he covered it up. Pedophile priests and those who knew and covered their crimes will be what brings down the Catholic Church. And considering the character of many of their priests, perhaps it needs to be brought down.
The fact that this priest was taken out of his parish more than ten years ago proves that the church KNEW he had done something and did not report the crimes to the police. They need to be charged too.
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