Pastor Jailed for Refusing to Testify in Case of Ex-Lesbian Who Fled Country With Daughter

Burlington, Vermont — A Mennonite pastor that was convicted of providing assistance to an ex-lesbian who fled the country with her daughter has been jailed after refusing to testify against others who were possibly involved in the matter.

U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions III ordered Ken Miller of Stuarts Draft, Virginia to be jailed for at least a week after he refused to testify before a federal grand jury during a hearing on Thursday. Miller told the judge that his religious beliefs prohibited him from taking the stand in the case.

“These people they wanted him to testify against are fellow citizens of God’s kingdom,” Attorney David Bercot, an Anabaptist lawyer from Amberson, Pennsylvania, explained to reporters. “And it’s like, you wanted me to be a rat — to turn on my fellow citizens. That’s basically what it came down to.”

Bercot told Christian News Network that Miller had originally plead the Fifth, but when the court granted Miller immunity and vowed not to use his testimony against him, it required Miller to testify before the grand jury.

“Most people don’t know that they can force you to testify,” he said.

According to the Burlington Free Press, Sessions was reluctant to sentence Miller to jail, and struggled to find the balance in the matter.

“We can’t function as a criminal justice system without the grand jury,” he stated. “I appreciate your faithfulness to your religion and your moral beliefs, and perhaps there is an inherent conflict here.”

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However, when one of Miller’s attorneys advised the judge that sending their client to jail would not change his mind about testifying, Sessions replied that the only way to find out was to see what happens.

As federal marshals began to take Miller into custody, he said to Sessions, “God bless you, your honor.”

Miller is already facing up to three years in prison after being convicted of “aiding and abetting kidnapping” for allegedly helping an ex-lesbian flee the country in an effort to avoid court orders that she allow her former partner to have visitations with Miller’s daughter.

As previously reported, Miller was convicted last August for helping Lisa Miller (no relation) and her young daughter Isabella travel to Buffalo, New York, where they crossed the border into Canada and then escaped to Nicaragua. Miller, who turned to Christ in 2003, had been threatened by family court judge Richard Cohen that if Miller did not allow her daughter to have visitations with her former lesbian partner, Janet Jenkins, he would transfer full custody to Jenkins. In addition to not wanting her child to be raised in the homosexual lifestyle, Miller believed that her daughter was being traumatized from alleged activities taking place between her partner and her daughter.

In November 2009, Cohen followed through with his threats.

However, Miller had fled the country with Isabella before he issued the transfer order, and for some time, none knew the whereabouts of the two. Information later turned up that Miller and Isabella had taken refuge in Nicaragua. It was also found that Pastor Kenneth Miller had a part helping Miller flee the country.

“I’ve already surrendered my freedom to Christ, and if this is the path he chooses for me, I will walk it,” Miller told reporters following his conviction. “I am willing to accept the consequences.”

“I am at peace with God,” he added. “I am at peace with my conscience. I give it over to God.”

The next hearing in the grand jury trial for another man facing charges for his involvement in the matter, for which Miller had been ordered to testify, is set to take place next week.

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  • Stephanie

    May the Lord richly bless Mr. Miller and his family. His reward awaits him for his faithfulness.

    In the days ahead, many more Christians in this nation, will be called upon to either obey God or man. May we choose the path of Mr. Miller and be faithful; even unto death.

  • Rev Donald Spitz

    Homosexuality should be criminalized. Homosexuals commit crimes against God, against nature, against the Holy Bible and against the human race.
    After reading this I now know why God wrote:
    Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
    Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
    :26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
    :27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    • JConnor

      The only criminals are those like you Donald. People who would purposefully imprison one of your fellow humans because they love someone of the same sex. You are the sad one sir.

  • Terry Jones

    Mr. Miller is commended for his Christian convictions that homosexuality is wrong especially where a judge is going to separate a mother from her child and force the child into a life of lesbianism when the child has stated that she does not want that influence or lifestyle. The scriptures are clear in both the old and new testaments that homosexuality is an abomination to the Lord Jesus Christ God of the bible. Thank God that the mother came to her senses and repented of lesbianism. It is sad that America has lost its Christian heritage and foundation and that perverted laws are now made and enforced by perverted judges to the ruin of America.

  • Nana

    The western world is cursed, get out of it while you still can. The woman had the right idea to get out, it most likely lead to the saving of the soul of her child for eternity, and her own as well, not to mention to provide hope for themselves in this short earthly world.