Are Orthodox Clergy Sexual Misconduct Investigations Handled Properly?

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Date Published: 04/18/2008
Publication: Orthodox Reform

Are the OCA and GOAA officials in charge of investigating sexual misconduct qualified? Are they doing a good job? Below is a roundup of some press on this topic, in one case including troubling criminal charges that have recently surfaced.

Fr. Alexey Karlgut (OCA)

According to OCANews.org, Fr. Alexey Karlgut, the OCA’s investigator into allegations of abuse and misconduct, is not certified to handle such investigations:

“One Metropolitan Council clergy member, who is clinically trained in handling allegations of abuse, said the OCA must send qualified teams to respond to such allegations as have been made in Alaska, to meet procedural norms. He stressed the need to respond promptly; since months had elapsed since the first allegations of misconduct had arisen in Alaska. The subsequent discussion confirmed that Fr. Alexey Karlgut, the OCA’s investigator into such allegations of abuse and misconduct, is not certified to handle such investigations.”
The Rest of the Story

Commenting on the this information on OCANews.org article “The Rest of the Story,” Cappy Larson from Pokrov.org says:

“This sentence below particularly jumped out at me, in light of the fact that I have spoken to victims who state that Karlgut contributed greatly to their re-victimization.

‘The subsequent discussion confirmed that Fr. Alexey Karlgut, the OCA