- Charles Michael Abdelahad
- Charles Mitchell Abdelahad
Archpriest Michael Abdelahad is a priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, Diocese of Worcester and New England. The priest served at Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Worcester, Massachusetts, for 25 years until he was removed from the parish in 2010.
In 2011 Abdelahad was charged with a single count of rape, four counts of assault and battery, and five counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The victim was a 43 year old woman.
Abdelahad has denied the charges through his attorney. The priest was released on his own recognizance after his arraignment on February 4, 2011. However, he was ordered to have no contact with the woman who filed the criminal complaint.
On July 11, 2011, the assistant district attorney (ADA) asked that the rape charge against Rev. Abdelahad be reduced to the lesser included offense of indecent assault and battery. The ADA said it was “in the best interests of justice” that the charge be reduced, but did not elaborate.
On May 25, 2012, the judge who presided over the priest’s jury-waived trial found Abdelahad guilty of one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot) for kicking the woman and one count of assault and battery for biting her. The priest was acquitted on the remaining counts, including the charges of indecent assault and battery.
Abdelahad was sentenced to two years in the House of Correction, with 90 days to be served on the more serious charge. The priest will also be on probation for three years. As a condition of probation, the judge ordered Abdelahad not to engage in any mental health counseling.
In October of 2013, Courthouse News Service reported that Abdelahad was sued by Susan Manter for physical and sexual assault. The complaint states that from 2007 to September 2010 “under the ruse of providing to the plaintiff Susan Manter psychological ‘therapy,’ hit, kicked, bit and slapped the plaintiff in the body and head with his hands, fists, feet, and objects (including a baseball bat), resulting in serious bodily injury.” The lawsuit further alleges that “Abdelahad abused plaintiff physically, emotionally, and sexually” from 2009 to September 2010.