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Canadian Pastor Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Enticing a Minor to Engage in Illegal Sexual Activity

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Michigan

DETROIT – A Canadian pastor was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for using the internet to entice of a 15-year-old girl to engage in illegal sexual activity, United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison announced.

Ison was joined in the announcement by Angie M. Salazar, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations, Detroit Field Office.

Timothy Milley, 69, of suburban Toronto, Canada, was sentenced by United States District Judge Judith E. Levy. In October 2022, Milley was convicted of the online enticement of a metro-Detroit minor.  The investigation revealed that in the spring of 2013, Milley had communicated with the minor over the internet and shared text exchanges with her when she was 15 years old.  After months of grooming, Milley traveled to the United States from Canada, and he convinced the minor to meet with him in front of her school in the Detroit area, where he picked her up.  He took her to a hotel and had sexual intercourse with her there, before returning her to her school and abandoning her in front of the building.  Milley’s crime was discovered years later when the minor victim—now an adult—looked up Milley online and found out that he had been charged and convicted in his native Canada for similar online solicitation of an undercover agent he thought was a minor.  Following this discovery, the minor victim in the United States reported the incident to law enforcement agents at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who investigated and soon arrested Milley for his online solicitation of the minor victim here.

“This defendant groomed the vulnerable minor victim and preyed upon her youth and inexperience.  Thanks to her bravery in coming forward years later, we were able to arrest him and prevent further victimization of other minors,” U.S. Attorney Ison said.

“Individuals who prey on children, especially those in positions of public trust, should expect to be held fully accountable for their actions,” said HSI Detroit Special Agent in Charge Angie. M. Salazar. “I commend the victim for her courage in coming forward to ensure that Milley is unable to continue to victimize and exploit children.”

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations of the Department of Homeland Security, and it was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Princ. 

Updated June 2, 2023

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