Orthodox archbishop’s trial on sex charges to resume in September

Author: The Canadian Press
Date Published: 06/19/2013

WINNIPEG – The sexual assault trial of an Orthodox archbishop in Winnipeg will not resume until September.

The Crown closed its case today against Seraphim Storheim and the defence has said it expects to call witnesses when the trial resumes Sept 12.

There is no word on whether Storheim himself will testify about accusations he sexually abused two altar boys in the summer of 1985.

The complainants, now men in their 30s, testified Storheim walked around naked and asked to be touched sexually.

One man told court he was made to sit naked on a bed while Storheim inspected his groin.

Storheim was a parish priest in the Orthodox Church in America and later rose to archbishop — the church’s top position in Canada.

The church is separate from other Orthodox religions such as the Greek Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.