Defrocked bishop’s evil guest

Author: Jessie Graham and Dan Mangan
Date Published: 05/12/2002

NEW YORK — An Orthodox archbishop with one child sodomy conviction, who faces new kid-sex assault charges, had a molester working as a guest priest at his Queens church, The Post has learned.

Archbishop Pangratios Vrionis, 58, founded the Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Vasiloupolis after the Greek Orthodox Church of America defrocked him in 1970.

An accuser has told authorities he recognized Samuel Greene, also known as Father Benedict, who had worked at the church, from a picture on a Web site that tracks molester Orthodox priests. In 2000, Greene pleaded guilty to molesting an 11-year-old boy.

In March, The Post revealed that Vrionis pleaded guilty in 1970 to sodomizing two 14-year- old boys in Harrisburg, Pa. After that article, a Queens boy, 17, told cops the archbishop molested him three years ago.

Vrionis was charged in April with third-degree sexual assault and attempted sexual assault and released on a $1,500 bond.

Since his arrest last month, another person is in the process of contacting authorities, a law-enforcement source said.

Vrionis’ lawyer could not be reached for comment.