Miller's Victims Against Shock Probation Request
By Dina Kaplan
(LOUISVILLE, December 8th, 2003, 10:30 a.m.) -- The Reverend Louis Miller admitted to sexually abusing more than two dozen children he met through his work as a priest. He was sent to prison for his crimes, but on Monday he asked to be released from prison after serving only six months of his 20-year sentence. Our Dina Kaplan spoke with some of his victims for their reaction.
Mike Turner, abused by Miller in the 70s, says he and dozens of other victims planned to be in the courtroom Monday. "If they can get off work, they're coming."
Turner's intention was to create a silent memorial to the pain caused by Miller to reduce the possibility he will be released.
"He needs to stay in prison," Turner said. "Like I told him in the courthouse, he needs to stay in prison for the rest of his life. He needs to die there."
In May, when Miller was sentenced to 20 years in prison for abusing 21 children, he apologized to his victims.
Now, six months into his sentence, Miller's attorney is requesting shock probation.
Sue Archibald runs the Louisville-based clergy abuse support group known as The Linkup. She says she was stunned when she found out about Miller's plans to request shock probation. "The word shock comes to my mind, because I can't imagine the state of Kentucky allowing a person like Louis Miller back on the streets again."
Shock probation is sometimes granted to non-violent first offenders. But the Commonwealth Attorney's office says it plans to oppose the request.
So will Mike Turner. He says if Miller get shock probation, "they need to let them all out, everybody."
Judge Ann O'Malley Shake is not expected to make a decision on the request until later in the week.
Meanwhile, Miller has not yet filed a request for shock probation in Oldham County, where he was given a 10-year prison sentence for abusing eight other children.
Legal experts tell us it's very unlikely Miller will be granted shock probation, since sex offenders in Kentucky have to complete a two-and-a-half-year treatment program.
Online Reporter: Dina Kaplan
Online Producer: Michael Dever