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Retired Ky. Priest Pleads Innocent

July 20, 2002

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LA GRANGE, Ky. (AP) _ A retired Kentucky priest previously charged with 36 counts of sexual abuse pleaded innocent to 14 new counts on Friday.

The Rev. Louis Miller, 71, was indicted Thursday on felony counts of indecent and immoral practices involving seven boys and a girl in Oldham County between 1972 and 1975.

In June, he pleaded innocent in Jefferson County Circuit Court to 36 counts of indecent and immoral practice and six counts of sexual abuse. Miller has denied the accusations, including one made by his nephew.

All the victims in the Oldham County cases _ seven boys and a girl _ were younger than 15 when the incidents allegedly took place.

On Friday, Oldham Circuit Judge Paul Rosenblum set a $50,000 unsecured bond for Miller, who was asked to post bond within a week.

Miller declined comment after the arraignment.

He faces one to 10 years in prison for each of the 50 counts of indecent and immoral practice and one to five years for each count of sexual abuse. A hearing is set for Oct. 3.

Most of the alleged victims have sued the Archdiocese of Louisville, claiming the church knew of the abuse and failed to take action. Miller has been named in 63 of the 155 lawsuits in recent months.

Miller retired in March after the allegations became public.

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