Father Adam Metropoulos

Aliases:
  • Adamantios Metropoulos

Father Adam Metropoulos was a married priest in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA), Metropolis of Boston. He worked at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Bangor, Maine, from September 1, 2001, until his arrest on September 15, 2014.

The priest was arrested for possessing child pornography and photographing a woman without her permission. He was suspended from the priesthood the same day.

Following his first court appearance on September 17th, the media reported that during police questioning the clergyman admitted abusing two teen-aged boys at his home in Bangor. Metropoulos’ bail was set at $100,000.

The priest was indicted by the grand jury on November 25, 2014, on four counts of sexual abuse of a minor, a former altar boy, and one count each of possession of sexually explicit materials and violation of privacy. On December 3, 2014, he entered a plea of not guilty to the charges.

Metropoulos remained incarcerated, unable to post bail of $50,000 cash or $100,000 surety.

On March 16, 2015, prior to the beginning of his trial, Metropoulos pleaded guilty to two of the six counts he was facing, possession of sexually explicit materials, a felony, and invasion of privacy, a misdemeanor. There was no plea deal. The trial went forward on the four counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

The following day the trial by judge concluded. Metropoulos was found guilty of all four counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

The priest was sentenced to twelve years in prison on April 27, 2015, with all but six and a half years suspended. Metropoulos was incarcerated at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham. He will be on probation for three years following his release and will also be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

Metropoulos appealed his conviction. However, on April 28, 2016, the Maine Supreme Court rejected his appeal and let the conviction stand.

The clergyman was defrocked on July 13, 2015. The GOA later clarified that he was removed from the priesthood for violating the Archdiocese’s sexual misconduct policy. This was the first time such an announcement had been made since the policy was adopted in 2002.

In May of 2016, the former altar boy filed a lawsuit against Metropoulos, Metropolitan Methodios Tournas, Father Theodore J. Barbas, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Metropolis of Boston, and Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Bangor. A redacted copy of the complaint in the action is linked here.

It was reported in the media that the priest was previously convicted of abusing a minor in Saginaw, Michigan in 1983. Despite this, Metropoulos taught high school chemistry in Maine from 1990-1997. He then went on to attend Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Metropoulos was ordained as a deacon on October 1, 2000, by Tournas. He was ordained a priest on May 21, 2001, also by Tournas, and assigned to the Bangor parish.