Father Andreas Markopoulos is a priest in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
In the summer of 2008 Markopoulos was arrested for sexual solicitation in a sting operation. In his defense, the priest said that he was lost and simply asked a woman for directions. Markopoulos further said that since his English was not fluent, he did not understand what the woman, an undercover police officer, was telling him.
Although The National Herald reported that Markopoulos was immediately suspended from the priesthood, official publications of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America indicate that he was simply placed on administrative leave the day after the arrest.
Markopoulos is a married priest with four children. At the time of his arrest, he was assigned to St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Roslindale, Massachusetts. He had previously served at Ss. Anargyroi in Marlboro and St. Catherine in Quincy, which is now located in Braintree. All three parishes belong to the Metropolis of Boston.
In November of 2009, it was reported in the Delmarva Daily Times (Salisbury, Maryland) that Markopoulos was appointed the interim pastor at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean City, Maryland. This parish belongs to the Metropolis of New Jersey.
Markopoulos has contacted Pokrov.org by phone and verbally represented to us that the charges against him were dismissed.