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Not guilty plea by missionary in Vt. child custody case

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Associated Press - May 25, 2011 10:15 AM ET

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Tennessee missionary charged with helping a woman get her child out of the United States as part of a high-profile Vermont lesbian custody case says he's not guilty.

Timothy David Miller, who was indicted May 12 for allegedly helping Lisa Miller abscond with her 9-year-old daughter Isabella, didn't attend his arraignment Wednesday in federal court in Burlington. A public defender entered the not guilty plea for him.

Prosecutors say he helped Miller - who's unrelated to him - take Isabella to Nicaragua in September 2009 as part of a custody dispute with former partner Janet Jenkins, of Fair Haven.

Timothy Miller, a Mennonite missionary, is free on bail.

Lisa Miller, of Virginia, and Jenkins were joined in a civil union in 2000 but broke up after having the child.

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