Archbishop pleads not guilty to abusing Winnipeg boys 30 years ago

Author: Staff
Date Published: 11/18/2011

WINNIPEG — A high-ranking orthodox archbishop has pleaded not guilty to historical sex abuse charges in Manitoba.

Archbishop Seraphim Storheim appeared in a Winnipeg courtroom Thursday for the start of his preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for the case to proceed to trial. A court-ordered ban prevents specific details from being published.

Storheim was the highest-ranking Canadian cleric in the Orthodox Church in America until church officials suspended him last November, days after Winnipeg police laid charges against him. Police conducted a lengthy investigation into allegations Storheim sexually abused two teenage boys while he was a priest in Winnipeg 30 years ago.

None of the allegations have been proven and he is presumed innocent.