BANGOR, Maine – Adam Metropoulos, a 53-year-old former Greek Orthodox Priest, who in March was convicted on four felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor, and in April was sentenced to 12 years in prison, is now being sued by the victim, the Bangor Daily News reported. The name of the plaintiff, now 24, […]
BANGOR, ME – Adam Metropoulos, a 53-year-old former Greek Orthodox Priest, who in March was convicted on four felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor, and in April was sentenced to 12 years in prison, is now being sued by the victim, the Bangor Daily News reported. The name of the plaintiff, now 24, […]
BANGOR, ME – Rev. Adam Metropoulos, former presiding priest of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bangor, ME was found guilty on four counts of sexual abuse of a minor. Metropoulos, 52, denied that he had sexually assaulted an altar boy in 2006 and 2007 when the boy was under aged. The Bangor Daily News […]
A former priest from Bangor has been found guilty on all counts in the child sex trial against him. On Monday 52-year-old Adam Metropoulos pleaded guilty to child pornography and violation of privacy charges. Tuesday afternoon Justice Ann Murray found Metropoulos guilty on the four remaining counts relating to sexual abuse of a minor. Earlier Tuesday Metropoulos […]
BANGOR, ME – Rev. Adam Metropoulos, who was arrested on September 15 on charges of possessing child pornography and surreptitiously videotaping a woman taking a shower in his bathroom, had spent long periods of time at the Metropolis camp in Contoocook NH. Since his arrest, Metropoulos has been detained at the Penobscot County Jail. Judge […]
BANGOR, ME – Rev. Adam Metropoulos, who was the presiding priest at St. George Greek Orthodox parish in Bangor, ME for the past 13 years and was arrested on September 15 on charges of possessing child pornography and surreptitiously videotaping a woman taking a shower in his bathroom without her knowledge and consent, has revealed […]
BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — News of the arrest of Father Adam Metropoulos on possession of child pornography and violation of privacy charges stunned members of St. George Greek Orthodox Church. There are about 90 families that make up the church parish. Lee Speronis is the president of the nine member church council. He said […]
Father Adam Metropoulos
- Adamantios Metropoulos
Father Adam Metropoulos was a married priest in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA), Metropolis of Boston. He worked at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Bangor, Maine, from September 1, 2001, until his arrest on September 15, 2014.
The priest was arrested for possessing child pornography and photographing a woman without her permission. He was suspended from the priesthood the same day.
Following his first court appearance on September 17th, the media reported that during police questioning the clergyman admitted abusing two teen-aged boys at his home in Bangor. Metropoulos’ bail was set at $100,000.
The priest was indicted by the grand jury on November 25, 2014, on four counts of sexual abuse of a minor, a former altar boy, and one count each of possession of sexually explicit materials and violation of privacy. On December 3, 2014, he entered a plea of not guilty to the charges.
Metropoulos remained incarcerated, unable to post bail of $50,000 cash or $100,000 surety.
On March 16, 2015, prior to the beginning of his trial, Metropoulos pleaded guilty to two of the six counts he was facing, possession of sexually explicit materials, a felony, and invasion of privacy, a misdemeanor. There was no plea deal. The trial went forward on the four counts of sexual abuse of a minor.
The following day the trial by judge concluded. Metropoulos was found guilty of all four counts of sexual abuse of a minor.
The priest was sentenced to twelve years in prison on April 27, 2015, with all but six and a half years suspended. Metropoulos was incarcerated at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham. He will be on probation for three years following his release and will also be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
Metropoulos appealed his conviction. However, on April 28, 2016, the Maine Supreme Court rejected his appeal and let the conviction stand.
The clergyman was defrocked on July 13, 2015. The GOA later clarified that he was removed from the priesthood for violating the Archdiocese’s sexual misconduct policy. This was the first time such an announcement had been made since the policy was adopted in 2002.
In May of 2016, the former altar boy filed a lawsuit against Metropoulos, Metropolitan Methodios Tournas, Father Theodore J. Barbas, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Metropolis of Boston, and Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Bangor. A redacted copy of the complaint in the action is linked here.
It was reported in the media that the priest was previously convicted of abusing a minor in Saginaw, Michigan in 1983. Despite this, Metropoulos taught high school chemistry in Maine from 1990-1997. He then went on to attend Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Metropoulos was ordained as a deacon on October 1, 2000, by Tournas. He was ordained a priest on May 21, 2001, also by Tournas, and assigned to the Bangor parish.
December 14, 2001 Dear Orthodox News Editor: I am writing in response to a letter written to the Editor of the Orthodox News by Mr. Nick Pappas, which was posted on October 15, 2001. In his letter, Mr. Pappas requests a correction to a story which reported that the former Rev. Emmanuel Koveos was serving […]