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US prosecutors dismiss charges in US lesbian case

US prosecutors dismiss charges in US lesbian case

Federal prosecutors have worked out a deal with an American missionary in Nicaragua that may help them find a woman who fled the country in a custody dispute with her former lesbian partner, court documents show.
Prosecutors have decided to drop criminal charges against Timothy David "Timo" Miller in exchange for his testimony in future proceedings in the case, according to Oct. 28 documents.
Miller was charged with helping Lisa Miller, who is no relation to him, flee the United States with her 9-year-old daughter Isabella in defiance of a Vermont court order that granted custody to her former partner, Janet Jenkins.
Prior to his April arrest, Timothy Miller had been working as a missionary in Nicaragua. The FBI is continuing to investigate the case against Lisa Miller, whose whereabouts are unknown.
Jenkins and Lisa Miller were joined in a Vermont civil union in 2000. Two years later, Miller gave birth to the girl, conceived through artificial insemination. The couple split up in 2003, with Miller renouncing homosexuality and becoming a Baptist, then a Mennonite.
Interviews by The Associated Press with people involved in the case in the United States and Nicaragua show they saw their roles in helping to keep Isabella from what they perceived as an immoral homosexual lifestyle.
"In light of Timothy Miller's role in the international parental kidnapping, and his agreement to cooperate with the investigation of the United States government, including an agreement to return to the United States and to provide truthful testimony as requested in any proceedings in this matter, further prosecution is not in the interests of the United States at this time," U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin said in the court filing last week.
Timothy Miller also is to get his passport back, according to another court filing that day. Coffin said Friday he could not comment beyond what's in the court documents.
After the couple split up, Lisa Miller originally was granted custody of Isabella, but her continued defiance of visitation schedules led courts in Vermont and Virginia to rule in favor of Jenkins, culminating in a judge's 2009 decision to award custody to Jenkins. Lisa Miller was ordered to turn Isabella over to Jenkins on Jan. 1, 2010.
Prosecutors say Lisa Miller and Isabella traveled to Nicaragua in September 2009 where Timothy Miller and a group of Mennonite missionaries helped shelter them. Court documents indicate Lisa Miller and Isabella were last known to be in Nicaragua in the spring of 2010.
Earlier this year, a Mennonite pastor in Nicaragua told The Associated Press that "the Nicaraguan brotherhood felt it right and good to help Lisa not only free herself from the so called civil marriage and lesbian lifestyle, but especially to protect her 9-year-old daughter from being abducted and handed over to an active lesbian and a whole-hearted activist."


Updated : 2021-05-14 02:53 GMT+08:00