The Associated Press
4:21 PM EDT, August 14, 2012
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP)
A federal jury in Vermont has convicted a Virginia man of helping a woman flee the country with her child rather than share custody of the girl with her former same-sex partner.
The federal jury in Burlington issued its verdict Tuesday against Kenneth Miller.
Miller was charged with helping Lisa Miller and her daughter, Isabella, leave the country in September 2009. Lisa Miller was on the brink of losing custody to former partner Janet Jenkins, of Fair Haven, Vt., for refusing to comply with visitation orders.
The Millers are not related.
Lisa Miller and Isabella were last known to be in Nicaragua. Lisa Miller is from Forest.
The jury has gotten the case of a Virginia Mennonite pastor on trial in a Vermont federal court for allegedly helping a woman flee the country with her child rather than share custody with her former lesbian partner.
The jury of nine women and three men started deliberating the case Tuesday of 46-year-old Kenneth Miller of Stuarts, Draft, Va. They got the case at 12:30 p.m.
Prosecutors say Miller arranged for Lisa Miller and her daughter Isabella to travel from Virginia to Nicaragua via Canada with the help of a number of Mennonites. Lisa Miller is from Forest.
Isabella was born in 2002 when Lisa Miller was joined in a civil union with Janet Jenkins, of Fair Haven, Vt.
Kenneth Miller's attorneys say he didn't know Jenkins had legal parental rights.