BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Nicaragua resident has pleaded guilty to helping a mother move her daughter out of the United States to avoid sharing custody with her former same-sex partner in Vermont.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo, New York, says 40-year-old Timothy Miller, of Managua, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit international parental kidnapping.
Prosecutors say Miller bought plane tickets to Nicaragua for Lisa Miller and her 7-year-old daughter in 2009 and helped get them settled with Mennonite missionaries in Central America.
Timothy Miller, who’s not related to the Virginia mother, faces five years in prison.
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Virginia businessman Philip Zodhiates (zoh-dee-YAH’-taze) was convicted in September. He’s one of several people who allegedly helped Lisa Miller after she renounced her homosexuality.
The whereabouts of Lisa Miller and her daughter are unknown.