Hieromonk Alexios Marakis

Hieromonk Alexios Marakis is a Greek priest who was visiting St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Tarpon Springs, Florida, in November of 2009.

Marakis was attacked with a tire iron by a Marine reservist after the priest followed the reservist into a parking garage. The reservist was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

However, through his defense attorney the reservist claimed that he was only defending himself after being sexually attacked by the cleric. Marakis has denied that he ever touched the reservist. The priest said that he had become lost and had followed the reservist into the parking garage to ask for help.

No charges were filed against the Marine. Marakis was recalled to Greece by his bishop.