Claims of Abuse Force Archbishop To Step Down
An archbishop, Seraphim Storheim 66 of Ottawa, of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) has taken a voluntary leave of absence in the midst accusations of sexual abuse concerning pre-teen boys as law enforcement agencies investigate abuse claims.
Archbishop Storheim has held positions in a number of North American communities in his years of service such as London Ontario, Saskatoon, North Carolina and Alberta. The claims of abuse of pre-teen boys are from December 1984 to June 1987 at the time Storheim was the rector of Holy Trinity Sobor [parish] in Winnipeg’s North End.
The OCA has issued a statement indicating the church is collaborating with investigators and that an internal investigation for alleged sexual misconduct is in progress. The Winnipeg police department could not be reached for comment but local sources report that the local sex crimes unit has initiated an investigation.
Archbishop Storheim has not been charged with an offence. Multiple calls to the Winnipeg church looking for statements were answered by a busy signal.
Storheim pronounced in a letter to his congregation, that he was taking a three-month leave of absence due to health concerns.