American Missionary to Nicaragua Sentenced to Probation for Helping Ex-Lesbian Who Fled Country With Daughter

BUFFALO, N.Y. — An American missionary to Nicaragua has been sentenced to time served plus one year of probation for helping an ex-lesbian flee the U.S. with her child seven years ago.

Timothy Miller, also known as Timo, had entered a guilty plea in November on a charge of charge of conspiracy in international parental kidnapping for purchasing plane tickets for Lisa Miller (no relation) and her daughter to fly from Canada to Nicaragua, and then helping them find refuge in the country.

The woman had fled the United States after being threatened by a federal judge that he would transfer custody of the child to the woman’s ex-partner if she did not allow the girl to have further visitation.

Lisa Miller had been granted complete custody of her child by the courts following her split from Janet Jenkins, but Jenkins was allowed visits with the girl. Lisa Miller soon sought to discontinue contact as she did not want her child around the homosexual lifestyle since she had turned from lesbianism and was now raising her child in the ways of the Lord.

Jenkins has said that she is determined to do “anything and everything” to get the child, now 14, back. Jenkins has moved on to “marry” another woman, and they raise a two-year-old together.

Timothy Miller lives in Crossville, Tennessee, but conducts missions work in Managua, Nicaragua. He was facing 12 to 18 months in prison for helping Lisa Miller, but U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara decided to spare him additional incarceration since he had been held for several months in Nicaragua.

Arcara also noted that Miller has been cooperative with investigators who are searching for the mother and daughter.

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“There has been so much collateral damage,” Arcara said of the three men that have been charged in the case, according to the Buffalo News. “I see some basically wonderful people making some bad decisions and getting entangled in this mess.”

Timo Miller’s attorneys had asked for leniency in the sentencing since he had already spent eight months behind bars.

As previously reported, according to the criminal complaint filed in 2011, Timothy Miller allegedly used his mother-in-law’s credit card to pay for Lisa Miller’s plane tickets to fly out of Canada—funds that he reimbursed. He then picked up Miller and her daughter in Managua and helped them to find refuge in the country.

“Timothy Miller provided assistance for Lisa Miller and [Isabella’s] travel outside of the United States,” the FBI complaint read. “Timothy Miller provided a place of shelter for Lisa Miller and [Isabella] outside of the United States.”

In March 2010, email from Timothy Miller to his mother outlined a birthday party being planned in Nicaragua for Isabella, known undercover as Lydia.

“I feel dearly for these two people,” he wrote. “And I can see it would mean a lot to them in this rough first year of their stay in Nica. I would love for Lydia’s birthday to be very special and remembered long. She is going through a lot and her future looms greatly in front of her right now…”

The situation began in 2000, when Lisa Miller joined in a civil union with lesbian Janet Jenkins in the state of Vermont, one of the few states that allowed homosexual arrangements at the time. Following an artificial insemination procedure from a male sperm donor, Miller gave birth to a girl, named Isabella, in 2002.

But Miller said she had concern even then.

“There were numerous incidents of Janet going to [the Internet] and putting up naked women on the screen saver, and I would ask her to please change it,” Lisa later told the court, according to the Washington Post.

“I don’t have clean hands, either. Previously, before … the baby was born, [pornography] was used in our relationship,” she said. “When we moved to Vermont, Isabella was 4 months old, and I said this stuff has to go … There’s a baby in this house now. I don’t want that.”

In 2003, Miller and Jenkins split over continued tension in their relationship, part of which involved the miscarriage of Miller’s second pregnancy, and Miller moved to Virginia. She renounced her involvement in homosexuality and reportedly turned to Jesus Christ to be born again.

“It wasn’t a struggle,” she recalled of walking away from the homosexual lifestyle. “I felt peace.”

When the civil union between Miller and Jenkins was officially dissolved, the court gave custody to Miller, while also granting visitation rights to Jenkins.

While Miller did allow Isabella to spend time with Jenkins for a while, she reportedly became concerned at the information that her daughter was providing to her following the visitations.

Miller and Isabella

Later, Miller claimed in affidavits that the visits were causing great trauma to Isabella. She claimed that at six years old, the girl was forced to take baths together with Jenkins, and that the girl was openly touching herself inappropriately. She also stated that Isabella was withdrawn and talked about suicide at times.

“Isabella came home and said, ‘Mommy, will you please tell Janet that I don’t have to take a bath anymore at her house,’” Miller told reporters in 2008. “I asked her what happened. She said, ‘Janet took a bath with me.’ I asked her if she had a bathing suit on. ‘No, Mommy.’ She had no clothes on and it totally scared Isabella. She had never seen this woman except once in 2 ½ years and she takes a bath with her.”

“Last year, Isabella put a comb up to her neck and said she wanted to kill herself after one of the visits,” she outlined. “She took a comb and pressed it into her neck and said, ‘I want to kill myself.’ I don’t know where she got that. It was immediately after a visit. Other people have seen huge changes.”

Miller then filed for exclusive custody of Isabella, and the court agreed. She told the Washington Post, “I don’t see Janet as a parent, first and foremost. Secondly, I don’t want to expose Isabella to Janet’s lifestyle. It goes against all my beliefs. I am raising Isabella to pattern herself after Christ. That’s my job as a Christian mom. Homosexuality is a sin.”

However, Jenkins fought the ruling all the way up to the Virginia Supreme Court, which in 2008, ruled in favor of granting Miller’s former lesbian partner visitation rights. Miller refused.

The following year, family court judge Richard Cohen warned Miller that she must allow Isabella to visit Jenkins and threatened that if she did not do so, he would transfer full custody to Jenkins. In November 2009, Cohen followed through with his threats and ordered Miller to hand the child over to Jenkins.

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. It was later discovered that they had fled to Nicaragua via the help of a number of Mennonite Christians and their contacts.

Mennonite pastor Ken Miller is currently serving 27 months behind bars for his alleged part in the escape after being convicted in 2012. Businessman Philip Zodhiates, who is not Mennonite, was just sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday.


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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The USA has become a bad nation by taking side of sexual perverts instead of moral people and children. A tyrannical rich nation by immorality instead by nationalism or communism – a new crisis for all mankind in the 21st century. The Western whites and their faithful servants lost the ability to judge by applying the racial equality upon sexual depravity. There is nothing lawful about upholding sexual immorality. Someone has to stop this trend of madness.

    • james blue

      He would be an activist judge if he ignored the law because of his personal views. He did not.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        It is so evil of the Western judges and Western authorities to let homosexual people to get in contact with children. Children have rights to purity, innocence, and sane morality. What is the point of hurting children by depraved immorality? Godless civilization is truly suicidal. The Western whites and their mental slaves lost their wits altogether by putting colored people and sexually immoral people in the same category. The Westerners need Christianity for morality.

  • Robert

    Most Jewish judges are anti -christian so Cohen’s ruling is not a shocker

    • RWH

      Did you bother to read the transcripts of the court case? Or would you like to turn a blind eye toward contempt for court rulings and kidnapping just because the judge is Jewish? It’s interesting how so-called Christians proclaim love for Israel but have contempt for the Jews themselves.

      • Robert

        So your in favor of unjust laws and rulings and Jewish Judges that are blatantly anti-Christian . Than you must have a real crush on supreme court judge Ruth Ginsberg or the Wisconsin based atheist group founder.

        • james blue

          Please explain what law in this particular case is unjust

          • Robert

            Did you even read the article ? And what the judge wanted ?

          • james blue

            Yes I did read the article. I’ve read many about this case. It boils down to two parents who split up and one doesn’t ant the other to have access and broke the law to make sure that access doesn’t happen. The only difference in this case and similar cases is that the parents are gay.

            So please answer my question.

          • Robert

            The parents were never gay or real parents that were as queer and perverted as a three dollar bill is queer and perverted to real money. And any ruling that accepts them as the real parent during their times of being queer as a three dollar bill is queer is not just law. Enough said go away

          • james blue

            So if it was the other way round and the biological mother remained gay and the non biological parent was the one who became Christian and took the child away you’d support the kidnapping?

          • Robert

            I would support having the child removed from the house and placed in protective custody foster home or something lile that.But since that not going to happen in this day and age
            I would have to support the kidnapping for the child’s sake.

        • RWH

          I have absolutely no time for antisemitic Jew-hating wanna-be Christians. Did you even bother to read the court transcripts. Do you think that kidnapping is justified? Or is your concept of justice just those cases you happen to agree with?

          • Robert

            Then stop being a Jew hater and fake chritan shut your face and start paying attention. By ‘re reading what I wrote because I have no time for you Jew hater and christian hater.

          • RWH

            Abusive language, racial slurs, and name-calling and hostility that borders on physical violence is the sure rhetorical strategy for an individual whose argument is so weak that he cannot come up with a well-reasoned and thoughtful response. If he responds, he will surely burn the keys right off his computer and implode right before our very eyes.

          • Robert

            Well stop doing those things then and use a ” kindle” like I do.

          • Robert

            Your absolutely right I apologize for accusing you of hating Jews and telling you to shut your face . If you want me to apologize for any thing else ,I’m not aware of let me know
            What do you mean by racial slurs ? And Threatening with Physical violence ?
            .As I only get that brave If I know the other guy is tied up realy realy good has a blind fold on does not understand english and has no idea who I am.or what m saying.

          • Robert

            I Would rather hate any Jew all the way to Heaven than love even one all the way to Hell.