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Former Archbishop Curley teacher sentenced on child pornography possession charges

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A former teacher at Baltimore's Archbishop Curley High School was sentenced this week in Connecticut to serve five years in prison and 20 years' probation on charges of possession of child pornography, obscenity and three counts of risk of injury to a minor, a court official said Friday.

Michael Miller, 43, taught religion at Archbishop Curley in the 1994 and 1995 school years and again between 2003 and 2006. He was arrested in 2011 in Connecticut, where he served as a pastor at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in the town of Berlin.

Miller was sentenced Thursday to a prison term of 20 years, with all but five years suspended, followed by 20 years of probation. He must also register as a sex offender.

Miller spoke briefly at his sentencing, according to the Hartford Courant, telling the judge, "I know that I will spend the rest of my life trying to make this up."

At the time of his arrest, a spokesman said the Archdiocese of Baltimore was unaware of any allegations of misconduct against Miller during his time in Maryland. The diocese was not immediately available for comment Friday.

"We hope that his sentencing will bring some closure to the minors he hurt and their families," the Archdiocese of Hartford said in a statement. "We will continue to pray for them so that they will continue to heal."

According to court documents reviewed by the Courant, Miller had inappropriate Facebook chats with seven teens. He had made comments about being "addicted to porn" and invited one boy to come over and watch a "dirty movie" so they could "have some fun." He also wrote in "extreme detail" about sex acts he would perform on the boy, police said.

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