Priest serving time for sex with boy, 15

Author: Mary Beth Murphy
Date Published: 12/18/1992

A former pastor of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa is serving 21 days in jail in Durham, N.C., for having sex with a 15-year-old boy after watching a pornographic videotape.

Father Angelo N. Kasemeotes, 65, pleaded guilty Dec. 2 to two counts of “taking indecent sexual liberties” with the boy. He received a four-year suspended prison sentence and a $1,000 fine. In addition to serving time in jail, the priest was ordered to perform 150 volunteer hours of community service.

He also will be on probation for five years and will be required to receive treatment for substance abuse and “sexual obsessiveness.”

“I’ve regretted what happened many times,” Kasemeotes was reported in the Durham Herald-Sun newspaper as saying to the judge.

“St. Paul teaches us that from everything bad, some good can come. I see the good here as being my alcoholism and behavioral problems surfacing and being treated.”

Detective Wallace Early of the Durham Police Department’s Youth Division, said in a phone interview Thursday that shortly after Kasemeotes’ arrest last March, the priest was removed as pastor of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Durham.

When confronted with the allegations of sexually abusing the boy, the priest was “extremely cooperative” and admitted it, Early said.

Early said his investigation began last December after the boy’s parents filed a complaint. The abuse occurred between May and July of 1990.

The victim told police that Kasemeotes invited him into Kasemeotes’ apartment, shared both cocaine and marijuana with him, showed him a pornographic video and then had sex with him, Early testified in court.

The Police Department had the boy record a telephone conversation with Kasemeotes March 28, 1992, which was played at the disposition hearing, Early said in the interview.

The priest told the boy on the tape that if any details of their sexual activity were publicized, “It would ruin me. It would ruin my career, my life, everything . . . I’d probably commit suicide .. . . It would just destroy me.”

The boy said he felt he needed to talk about the “sexual stuff. . . . There were some drugs involved there. I feel like I need to get it off my chest.”

The priest replied, “It wouldn’t help any. . . . Chalk it up to your growing experience.”

Kasemeotes served for 15 years as pastor of Annunciation, which is known throughout the country for its Frank Lloyd Wright design. He resigned in March 1986 to serve a small Orthodox community in Mexico City, Mexico.

His wife died of cancer in 1979. The priest has two children.

George Saites, council president of Annunciation, said there were no such allegations involving Kasemeotes brought before the church board during his tenure here.