- Emmanuel Coveos
Father Emmanuel Efthimios Koveos was a priest with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA), Metropolis of Boston.
From 1993 until his arrest for the sexual abuse of a 12 year old female parishioner in 1997, Koveos served at Dormition of the Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church in Burlington, Vermont.
Koveos was convicted of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child in 1998, following a jury trial. He was sentenced to 6 months to 5 years in prison, with all but 6 months of the sentence suspended. The priest ended up serving 4 months in prison.
According to court documents in the 1997 case, Koveos was also accused of sexual abuse by a woman from Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Concord, New Hampshire. The alleged attack occurred in 1988.
Koveos appealed his conviction, but it was upheld by the courts.
The GOA suspended Koveos from the priesthood after his arrest. He was returned to the status of a layman in late 1999.
In late 1999 the convicted and suspended Koveos was said to be serving as a chanter at Tranfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell, Massachusetts. Howwever, he was chanting for a separate parish that has been using Transfiguration on a temporary basis until it is ready to move into a new church building. Following this incident, Koveos was ordered to cease any activity related to parish life.
While Koveos was the pastor at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church in Quincy, Massachusetts, the parish council cut his salary in half and changed the locks on the church. The reason for this action was not reported. St. Catherine is now located in Braintree, Massachusetts.
Finally, it has also been alleged that Koveos was summoned to spiritual court in response to a report of clergy sexual misconduct while he served at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.
Koveos also served as a priest at churches in Lowell, Massachusetts and in Texas.
People v. Koveos
Vermont Superior Court, County of Burlington
Case #17551 (1997)
Koveos was convicted of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child. He was sentenced to state prison for from 6 months to 5 years, with all but 6 months of the sentence suspended. After serving his sentence, he was to remain on probation for four and a half years and attend sex offender counseling weekly. Koveos was also to register as a sex offender.
Emmanuel Koveos has new Probation agreement. Read press release from Mrs. Catherine Metropoulos
New Probation Agreement, June 17, 2005
Koveos petitioning for new trial