- Robert Ruark
Archpriest Silas Ruark was a married priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, Diocese of Los Angeles and the West. He was assigned to Saint Timothy Orthodox Church in Fairfield, California, after he was ordained in 1997 and served there for his entire career.
The website of the Antiochian Diocese of Los Angeles and the West reported that Ruark has been deposed from the priesthood “effective immediately.” The posting was brought to Pokrov.org’s attention on June 29, 2012, and appears to have been posted on that same day.
On June 28, 2012, Ruark was arrested on suspicion of suspicion of molesting at least five children (male and female) in incidents dating back as far as 1994. The former priest denied the charges.
on January 30, 2013, Ruark pleaded guilty to 19 felony counts related to committing lewd acts on children. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison on March 11, 2013.