Father Gabriel Loynes

Father Gabriel Loynes was at one time a priest-monk in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). He was the abbot of Saint Seraphim of Sarov Skete in Swartz Creek, Michigan. The monastery fostered at risk boys, and Loynes himself adopted three of these children.

In 1988 one of the monks at the monastery, Father Konon Lasky, was convicted of sexually abusing three of the boys who lived at the skete, including one of Loyne’s adopted sons.

Sometime after this conviction the skete, still named Saint Seraphim of Sarov and still in ROCOR, relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio. Loynes’ adopted children were still with him, and the monastery continued to foster at risk boys.

Despite this, in October of 1990 Loynes wrote a letter to Samuel David Allen, a pedophile with multiple convictions, inviting him to visit the skete during the Christmas holidays to determine if he had a monastic vocation with them. A copy of the letter is linked above.

In an undated letter written sometime in 1991 or 1992, Melanie Sakoda wrote to the authorities in Cincinnati, questioning Loynes suitability as a guardian based on his invitation to Allen. A copy of that letter is also linked above.