St. Bernadette Priest Steps Down Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Rev. Gary M. Miller, the senior pastor at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Evergreen Park, has stepped down from his duties as pastor amid sexual misconduct allegations with minor over 30 years ago.
The Archdiocese of Chicago announced on its website that Miller resigned as of Sunday, Sept. 23, and has been removed of all ministerial duties.
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The allegation was made to the Archdiocese of Chicago on June 30, 2012, that Miller had engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor while assigned to St. Leonard Parish in Berwyn.
According to Archdiocese officials, the allegation was immediatley reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Miller was asked to withdraw from the ministry after an Archdiocese Independent Review Board determined there was reasonable cause to suspect that the sexual abuse of a minor occurred, Archdiocese officials said.