First hearing of priest Grozovsky case to be held on June 13

Author: Staff
Date Published: 06/05/2017
Publication: Interfaz-Religion

St. Petersburg, June 5, Interfax – A preliminary hearing of the child molestation case involving priest Gleb Grozovsky will be held in the Priozyorsk City Court of the Leningrad region on June 13.

Relevant information was released by the court on Monday. The case will be heard by Judge Lyudmila Yashina.

According to media reports, the criminal case may be heard by the Leningrad region’s court located in St. Petersburg because of the remodeling work done in the cell from which the priest is to be taken to the court hearing in Priozyorsk.

The Investigative Committee’s Main Investigations Directorate for St. Petersburg reported on the completion of the investigation into the Grozovsky case on June 2.

According to earlier reports, Grozovsky was taken from Moscow to St. Petersburg on September 17, 2016 after being extradited from Israel to Russia. He was charged with sexual crimes against three schoolgirls. The criminal case is being investigated based on Article 132 of the Russian Criminal Code (child molestation).

According to the investigators, Grozovsky, who was a clergyman of the Ascension (Sophia) Cathedral in Tsarskoye Selo, molested several children younger than 14 on the territory of an Orthodox children’s camp located on the island of Konevets, Priozyorsk District of the Leningrad Region. According to the information possessed by the investigators, Grozovsky committed the same crimes in June 2013 on the territory of Greece in the Philadelphia Orthodox children’s camp. Because Grozovsky hid from prosecution, he was arrested in absentia and put on the international wanted persons list in October 2013.

The priest was suspended from service for the period of the investigation.