Canadian archbishop charged with sexual abuse

Author: Staff
Date Published: 11/25/2010

OTTAWA — The head of the Canadian diocese of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) has been charged with two counts of sexual assault, police said Thursday.

Archbishop Kenneth William Storheim, 64, turned himself into police the previous morning, the Winnipeg Police Service said in a statement. After being charged, he was released on bail.

Storheim stepped down from his post in October, according to the OCA’s website, after authorities launched an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of whom public broadcaster CBC said were young boys.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said the assaults occurred while Storheim was the rector of a Winnipeg parish from 1984 to 1987.

The OCA is a scion of the Russian Orthodox Church with hundreds of parishes in Canada, the United States, Australia and Mexico.