Former Berlin Priest Pleads Guilty In Case Involving Child Pornography

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ A Franciscan friar who served in Berlin has pleaded guilty to several charges including possession of child pornography.

The Rev. Michael Miller, who was suspended from St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church after his arrest in 2011, faces five years in prison after agreeing to the plea deal on Thursday.

Miller was arrested after police linked him to repeated conversations about sex acts with a 13-year-old boy on Facebook and in text messages.

Authorities say they found the child porn on computers seized from the priest.

The Hartford archdiocese issued a statement saying that Miller will never again function as a priest.

Sentencing on the charges, which also include risk of injury to a child and obscenity, is scheduled for July 9.

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