Bishop Paul Alderson

Aliases:
  • Peter Alderson

Bishop Paul Alderson (nee Peter Alderson) was a British born Orthodox hierarch who led the Diocese of Nice in France. The diocese belongs to the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

The bishop, a widower, resigned from his position in the Diocese of Nice in 2001, after being accused of sexually assaulting an 11 year old boy. Although he resigned, Alderson denied the accusation and claimed both that the boy had misinterpreted his actions, and that he (the bishop) was the victim of a plot by a faction which wanted to return the Nice congregation to the authority of Moscow.

In June of 2001, Alderson left France and his whereabouts were unknown. However, French prosecutors tried the case in the bishop’s absence in 2005.

According to a 2006 article in the Riviera Times, Alderson was in prison in England during the time he was missing. The piece also reported that the bishop had been found guilty and was sentenced to 2 years in prison.