Orthodox priest cited in abuse inquiry

Author: Staff
Date Published: 05/05/2004

HOUSTON A Greek Orthodox bishop says a priest who also works as a supervisor for the Houston school district has been suspended while church officials review sexual abuse claims from almost 30 years ago in Ohio.

Church officials will not permit the Very Rev. Gabriel Barrow of St. John the Theologian Church in Webster to celebrate church sacraments or function as a priest until church officials complete an investigation and determine his future in the church, according to Bishop Savas of Troas, chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Harris County Child Protective Services informed the Houston Independent School District in December of decades-old allegations against Barrow, spokesman Terry Abbott said in a statement.

Two men have filed complaints against Barrow related to abuse in the 1970s, Savas said. Details on the allegations and the Ohio city were not immediately available.

”In 25 years here, his record is spotless,” Abbott told the Houston Chronicle in Tuesday’s editions. ”He’s an instructional supervisor who works directly with teachers and not children.”

Savas told the newspaper in a telephone interview from New York City that he has received no complaints about Barrow since he began working in Webster about seven years ago.