Former monk is arrested

Author: Susan Younger
Date Published: 08/17/2007

State police arrested a former Orthodox Church monk for failing to verify his address with the state’s sex offender registry.

Kenneth Lasky, 77, of Lapeer, served 13 years of a maximum 15-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting three boys who were under his charge at a Swartz Creek monastery.

Lasky, also known as Father Konan, Father Kenneth and Kenneth Laskovsky, was arrested Aug. 9 by Michigan State Police trooper Jason Mercier and arraigned that same day on charges of sex offender failing to register.

“He moved and didn’t notify the state police of his address change,” said Lapeer County assistant prosecutor Thomas Sparrow. “It’s a four year felony, but if convicted he could be sentenced as a habitual offender. He could be looking at eight years.”

Law enforcement believes Lasky is purposely trying to skirt the sex offender registry law, but his attorney Phil Fulks, of Lapeer, said his client is a harmless senior citizen.

“Someone decided this old man, who is physically handicapped and has age related mental issues, is a threat to society,” Fulks said. “Ask yourself why county money is being spent.”

After serving 13 years for three convictions of criminal sexual conduct third degree, Lasky was released from prison in 2001. He didn’t register as a sex offender.

Pokrov, a California-based organization that tracks abuses in the Orthodox Church, notified the Michigan State Police.

“We received information from an out of state organization that he’d not registered,” said Michigan State Police D/Sgt. Charles Greenway of the Second District. “He was hospitalized in the Wayne County area. We contacted them and arranged for him to be current.”

Lasky moved to Lapeer and didn’t notify the sex offender registry. State police in Lapeer were contacted and Lasky was arrested in April. He told troopers he failed to validate his address because he is in poor health and can’t drive. At that time he was instructed to phone the post if he couldn’t appear in person.

When Lasky didn’t verify in July, a warrant was sworn out for his arrest. Troopers discovered he was living in a Lapeer nursing home. He is scheduled for a 9 a.m. Sept. 7 conference in front of District Court Judge Laura Barnard.

A person who answered the phone Friday for The Orthodox Church in America said staff members who answer media questions were unavailable.

Susan Younger may be reached at (810) 664-0811, Ext. 8122 or susan.younger@lapeergroup.com