Va. Pastor Convicted in Lesbian Custody Case

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Virginia Pastor Timothy David Miller was convicted Tuesday of helping a former lesbian flee the country with her young daughter.

Lisa Miller, who is not related to the pastor, was involved in a custody dispute with her former lesbian partner, Janet Jenkins, over her daughter Isabella.

The dispute took place after Miller, the girl's birth mother, renounced homosexuality, became a Christian, and moved to Virginia.

She disappeared in September of 2009 along with the child after a Vermont judge awarded custody of the child to Jenkins, who is the non-biological parent.

After several hours of deliberation Tuesday, the jury convicted Timothy Miller of aiding in the removal of a child from the United States with intent to obstruct lawful exercise of parental rights.

The Stuarts Draft, Va., pastor could be sentenced to serve up to three years for the crime.

"I am willing to accept the consequences of my actions," Miller said Tuesday. "I am at peace with God. I am peace with my conscience and I give it over to God, and at the same time I respect the decision of the court."  

The pastor, who was ordered to surrender his passport, will remain free pending sentencing.

Meanwhile, Jenkins is suing her former partner and the pastor for unspecified monetary damages.

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