Father Angelo Kasemeotes

  • Angelo Kassimiotis

Father Angelo Kasemeotes, a widower with two grown children, was arrested in Durham, North Carolina, on March 31, 1992. The priest was accused of molesting a fifteen year old boy from his neighborhood. At the time, the priest was the rector of Saint Barbara Church in Durham. Saint Barbara was, and still is, a parish of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA), Metropolis of Atlanta.

On December 2, 1992, Kasemeotes pleaded guilty to the charges. He received a four year sentence, which the judge suspended. Although the priest was spared prison time, the judge ordered Kasemeotes to serve twenty-one days in the Durham County Jail, followed by five years of probation. After completing his jail time, the priest was expected to move to Atlanta to live with his daughter and seek treatment for his alcoholism and sexual obsession.

Kasemeotes was removed from his position at Saint Barbara three days after his arrest. However, following his death in 1998, he was buried as a priest out of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Annunciation is also a parish of the GOA, in the Metropolis of Chicago.

Kasemeotes served Saint Barbara Church in Durham for three years.

The priest also served at Annunciation in Milwaukee for fifteen years, ending with his 1986 resignation from that position. As reported in the Milwaukee Sentinel, the church board of Annunciation was not aware of any allegations involving the priest during his tenure there.

After Milwaukee, but prior to Durham, Kasemeotes went to serve a small Orthodox community in Mexico City, Mexico.