Father Ioan Pop

Aliases:
  • Ioan Popp
Father Ioan Pop
Father Ioan Pop

Father Ioan Pop is a priest in the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas. In 2013 he was the parish priest at All Saints Romanian Orthodox Church in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

Pop was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the church on September 3, 2013. According to the Toronto Star, Pop gave an interview to the Romanian newspaper Jurnalul National. In that interview the priest claimed that the initial charge stemmed from an incident that occurred when a woman came to see him asking for a letter to help her see her son, who is a Crown ward, more often. He said he only kissed the woman when greeting her and again when she was parting, as is Romanian custom.

After the police publicized the initial charge, seven more women came forward with allegations by the end of September and seven additional charges were filed. On October 15, 2013, authorities announced that another five women had come forward. Pop then faced a total of 13 sexual assault charges and one count of forcible confinement.

On May 6, 2015, Pop pleaded guilty to seven sexual assault charges. The priest also admitted that he engaged in the behavior alleged in three other charges. He was sentenced on December 8, 2015 to seven months in prison and 3 years probation.

Pop had already been forbidden by the court from working as a clergyman.