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Ex-priest pedophile dies at 86

By Andrew Wolfson The Courier-Journal

LOUISVILLE -- 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, 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.

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