A Christian missionary charged with helping a woman involved in a custody dispute with her former lesbian partner flee to Central America with the couple’s daughter is free on $25,000 bond.
Timothy David Miller was released to the custody of a friend Monday by a federal judge in Burlington. The Amish-Mennonite pastor from Tennessee is allowed to remain free on unsecured bond.
Miller is charged with aiding in the removal of a child from the U.S. and retaining a child with intent to obstruct parental rights.
The FBI says the pastor helped arrange travel for Lisa Miller and a nine-year-old girl. They are believed to be living in Nicaragua.
Lisa Miller and Janet Jenkins of Fair Haven have fought a custody battle since they broke up in 2003.