By Patrick Markey
A retired County Antrim priest allegedly caught trying to molested a learning-disabled teenage boy in a New York public bathroom appeared in court Tuesday as attorneys hammered out details for his trial on sodomy charges.
A former parish priest in Long Island, Father Andrew Millar, who is 69, was caught a month ago trying to fondle the 15-year-old boy inside a bathroom stall at Tobay Beach in Long Island, Nassau County police said.
The boy’s father caught Millar with his son inside a bathroom stall and held him while the police were called, the police said..
Nassau police said Millar has no previous arrests or criminal record. He was released on $15,000 bail after being arraigned on third-degree sodomy charges, according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s office.
If he is convicted on the sodomy charges, Millar faces up to four years in jail.
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Ordained in Antrim in 1958, Millar moved to the U.S. in 1964. He served nine parishes in the suburban Nassau and Suffolk County areas near New York City before retiring last year.
Millar was removed from the retirement home for priests where he had been staying and entered into an archdiocese mental and psychiatric evaluation unit.