Top church official accused of abuse

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Date Published: 10/06/2010
Publication: UPI.com

OTTAWA, Oct. 6 (UPI) — Canadian police are investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against one of the country’s highest-ranking Orthodox officials, victim advocates say.

The allegations against Archbishop Seraphim Storheim, who leads the Archdiocese of Canada in the Orthodox Church of America, stem from his time as rector of a Winnipeg church more than two decades ago, the Globe & Mail reported Wednesday.

The 64-year-old archbishop is currently on a three-month leave of absence that began Oct. 1.

Melanie Sakoda of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said the allegations involve two boys under the age of 12.

Sakoda said the boys complained to the church at the time of the alleged abuse and the church was reminded of the allegations again in 2008.

A spokesman said the church is conducting its own investigation alongside the one being carried out by Canadian police.