- Virgil Miller Newton
Father Cassian Newton is a priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. He runs the Christ at the Sea Orthodox Retreat Center in Madeira Beach, Florida, a pan-Orthodox retreat center.
Prior to his ordination in 1999, Newton, then known as Virgil Miller Newton, and his wife were involved in at least two treatment programs for adolescents, Straight, Inc. and KIDS. The couple was named as defendants in multiple lawsuits arising from their participation in these programs. The complaints in the lawsuits alleged beatings, torture, emotional trauma, and false imprisonment. According to one attorney, the amount of money recouped from Newton and his wife by former patients totaled more than $15 million dollars.