Reader Matthew Stephan Romanchak works at Saint John’s Russian Orthodox Church in Mayfield, Pennsylvania. The parish belongs to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR).
The Reader was arrested on August 23, 2019, for soliciting sex with a 14 year old boy via the internet. After Reader Romanchak’s first arrest, a victim came forward to report that the defendant, who the victim identified as a sub-deacon in the church, solicited him for sex online in 2015 when the victim was a minor. The abuse is alleged to have occurred multiple times between 2015 and 2017 in Lackawanna County.
Reader Romanchak was a novice at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York, also ROCOR, in 2012. He attended seminary at Saint Tikhon’s in South Canaan, Pennsylvania which belongs to the Orthodox Church in America. The reader graduated in 2014 from Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville.