Archimandrite Stanley R. Adamakis

Aliases:
  • Stan Adams
  • Stan Adamakis

Archimandrite Stanley Adamakis was a priest in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA).

Father Adamakis and the GOA were sued in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 1, 1993. The complaint alleged that the priest sexually abused the plaintiff twenty years earlier. The plaintiff and the GOA filed a joint motion for dismissal with prejudice a little over a year later, when suit was settled for an undisclosed amount. (D.L.S. v. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Case #D-202-CV-9306214)

In December of 1979 then Bishop Maximos Aghiorgoussis of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received a letter from Aspasia Prodes, which described Father Adamakis’ abuse of her two sons and their cousin , ages 13, 14 and 17, when the priest was working at Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church in Easton, Pennsylvania. The family was persuaded not to go to the police and was told the Church would remove the priest from ministry.

Father Adamakis relocated to Los Angeles, California, sometime after that. There, he was forced to resign as director of the South Bay Free Clinic in 1981 after two boys reported that the priest had ”come on to them.”

According to a probation report, the cleric was also forced to leave another job, in which he worked with abused children, after his unnamed employer learned that he had been arrested for molesting the Torrance boys, ages 12 and 13.

The cleric was convicted in 1986 on those charges. He was sentenced to seventy-eight days in jail.

While still on probation for that offense, Father Adamakis molested two additional boys, ages 16 and 18, that he met through an Episcopal Church youth group in Hermosa Beach, California. He pleaded guilty to the new charges in March, 1990, and was sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison — eight years for the probation violation and an additional twenty months on the new charges of sexual battery and child molestation. The priest spent the next seven years in prison.

When the second set of charges was filed, Metropolitan Anthony Gergiannakis, the GOA bishop for California at the time, said a defrockment action had been pending against Father Adamakis for more than a year, “stemming from repeated, but never substantiated, allegations of ‘sexual misbehavior’.” The Metropolitan also said that Father Adamakis “had been forced to leave posts in Montreal and Albuquerque because of unproven molestation allegations.”

On July 20, 2003, when Father Adamakis was 61 years old, he was murdered by a 24 year old man with whom he was having sex. A law enforcement source said that the relationship between the two men began around the time that Father Adamakis was released from state prison, five years previously.

A civil suit for child sexual abuse was filed in California against Father Adamakis and the GOA. That lawsuit was reportedly settled for $1 million in January of 2007.

As a boy, Father Adamakis was at altar server at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Boston. Archbishop Iakovos Coucouzis was the priest at the cathedral at that time, and the archbishop later ordained Father Adamakis to the priesthood.

Father Adamakis graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1966.

He worked in the following GOA parishes:

St. George Greek Orthodox Church (Albuquerque NM) 1972-74

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (Newburgh, NY)
Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church (Easton PA): 1978-79

These parishes are in the Metropolis of Denver, the Archdiocesan District, and the Metropolis of Pittsburgh, respectively.

Father Adamakis also reportedly served at parishes in Montreal, Canada and New England.

The priest was suspended from the priesthood around the time of his first conviction, and was defrocked on March 20, 1990.

Alexander Prodes

Alexander Prodes
Alexander Prodes

In 2015 Alexander Prodes told The National Herald in an exclusive interview that he had been abused by Father Stanley Adamakis while he was an altar boy at Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church in Easton Pennsylvania. The parish belongs to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Metropolis of Pittsburgh.

10/10/2015
Author: Theodore Kalmoukos

NEW YORK – Alex Prodes, a 53-year-old former Greek Orthodox priest (defrocked by choice), lives on his Social Security disability income, two years ago tried to kill himself. The divorced father of two – he sees his children only twice a year – referring to his failed suicide attempt asked his doctor: “why didn’t I […]

GOA Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Boston MA)

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Boston, Massachusetts, is a parish of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Metropolis of Boston.

According to The National Herald, Archimandrite Stanley Adamakis served as an altar boy at the cathedral.

GOA Metropolis of Denver

The Metropolis of Denver is a diocese of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Below is a list of individuals in the diocese who were convicted, sanctioned, sued, or publicly accused of sexual misconduct, or of injuring or attempting to injure another person. Please click on the individual entries for details.

Adamakis, Archimandrite Stanley R.
Convicted, Sanctioned, Sued

Barrow, Father Gabriel
Sanctioned

Bithos, Deacon George
Sanctioned

Katinas, Father Nicholas
Sanctioned, Sued

Koveos, Father Emmanuel
Convicted, Sanctioned

GOA Metropolis of Boston

The Metropolis of Boston is a diocese of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Below is a list of individuals in the diocese who were convicted, sanctioned, sued, or publicly accused of sexual misconduct, or of injuring or attempting to injure another person. Please click on the individual entries for details.

Adamakis, Archimandrite Stanley R.
Convicted, Sanctioned, Sued

GOA Saint George Greek Orthodox Church (Albuquerque NM)

Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a parish of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Metropolis of Denver.

Archimandrite Stanley R. Adamakis worked in this parish from 1972-1974.

GOA Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church (Easton PA)

Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church in Easton, Pennsylvania, belongs to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Metropolis of Pittsburgh.

Archimandrite Stanley R. Adamakis worked in the parish from 1978-1979.

GOA Metropolis of Pittsburgh

The Metropolis of Pittburgh belongs to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The bishop of this diocese is Metropolitan Savas Zembillas.

GOA Sexual Misconduct Policy : The guidelines can be found by scrolling down past the press release.

Below is a list of individuals in the Metropolis of Pittsburgh who were convicted, sanctioned, sued, or publicly accused of sexual misconduct, or of injuring or attempting to injure another person. Please click on the individual entries for details.

Adamakis, Archimandrite Stanley R.
Convicted, Sanctioned, Sued

Hughes, Father Nicholas
Public Allegations