Abuse case court date set

Author: Staff
Date Published: 09/26/2011
Seraphim Storheim
Seraphim Storheim

THE case of an Orthodox archbishop facing sex-crime charges in Manitoba is headed back to court for a preliminary inquiry later this fall.

Archbishop Seraphim Storheim was the highest-ranking Canadian cleric in the Orthodox Church of America until church officials suspended him in November 2010.

Winnipeg police laid charges following the church’s suspension.

The preliminary inquiry is scheduled for two days in mid-November, Storheim’s lawyer, Jeff Gindin, said Friday.

The charges against Storheim came after a lengthy police investigation into allegations the former Winnipeg cleric sexually abused two teenage boys 30 years ago.

A Chicago-based advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse that is monitoring the case said in an email Friday the archbishop may be violating his bail conditions — to avoid contact with minors — by visiting a church this weekend in Victoria, B.C.

Not likely, according to his lawyer.

Gindin said his client is restricted to two addresses, one in Edmonton and another in Ottawa. One is his home and the other is his sister’s house.

Even to visit his sister, the cleric must submit dates of the trip through his lawyer before the court approves the travel.

“He’s got certain bail conditions, and as far as I know, he’s abiding by every one of them,” Gindin said.