Members of OCA Sexual Misconduct Allegations Review Committee meet

Date Published: 03/08/2010

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] — Members of the Orthodox Church in America’s Sexual Misconduct Allegations Review Committee met at the Chancery here March 1, 2010.

Recently formed and blessed by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, the committee began a careful review of the existing policies and procedures through which the Church investigates allegations of misconduct.

The committee is also following up on compliance of preventative guidelines by parishes, diocese, and institutions. At present, only partial responses have been received at the Chancery. Compliance by all parishes and institutions will be an ongoing task of the Office of Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations. A revised document of Policies and Procedures is planned for distribution later this year.

Committee members include Archpriest Alexander Garklavs, OCA Chancellor; Archpriest Eric Tosi, OCA Secretary; Archpriests Michael Matsko and Archpriest Theodore Bobosh; Protodeacon Peter Danilchick, Dr. Nikita Eike; and James Spencer, Esq.*

The committee’s next meeting is planned for late spring 2010.

* Note: James Spencer, Esq. represented Reader Paul Sidebottom in the formal complaint Sidebottom filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in February of 2008. Reportedly, the settlement of the Sidebottom complaint mandated revision of the OCA’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.