Priest Convicted of Indecent Assault on a Minor
On November 10, 2009, Archpriest Neal James Carrigan of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) pleaded nolo contendre (no contest) to 2 counts of indecent assault on a person less than 13 years of age, and 1 count of corruption of minors. Another count of corruption of minors was withdrawn by the prosecution.
Carrigan was sentenced to 5 years of probation. He was also required to register as a sex offender and has done so in the state of Pennsylvania.
The retired clergyman was arrested on July 2, 2008. He was suspended from the priesthood by the OCA shortly thereafter, on July 10, 2008, and was granted retirement on September 1, 2008, with his suspension still in effect.
The OCA ordained Carrigan to the priesthood on May 8, 1976. He served parishes in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Missouri until his retirement in 2008.