Priest With Local Ties Arrested In Hartford

July 13, 2011 Updated Jul 13, 2011 at 5:22 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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July 13, 2011 Updated Jul 13, 2011 at 5:22 PM EDT

HARTFORD, CT ( WKBW ) Father Michael Miller was arrested and charged with impairing the morals of a minor and obscenity.

The Archdiocese of Hartford released a statement that reads, "The Archdiocese and the (Franciscan) Friars condemn this type of misconduct that has been alleged, and extend their sincere sympathies to those adversely affected by it."

The statement goes on to read, "He can never return to ministry if these criminal charges are deemed credible."

Father Miller is being held on a $150,000 bond, and will make his first appearance in court July 26th.

Father Miller was a priest and teacher at St. Francis in Athol Springs before leaving for Connecticut.