Police Charge Archbishop Seraphim Storheim with Sexual Assault: Update

by John McKiggan

Last month a criminal investigation into allegations of sxual abuse lead to the resignation of Archbishop Seraphim Storheim, the Canadian leader of the Othodox Church in America.

Canadian Archbishop resigns Over Sexual Abuse Allegations

Today Winnipeg police confirmed that they arrested and charged Kenneth William “Seraphim” Storheim with two charges of sexual assault. The charges stem from allegations made by two men who say they were sexually abused by Storheim when they were teenagers.

Police believe there may be more victims. They are encouraging anyone with information to contact the Winnipeg sex crimes unit at 204-986-6245.

Update December 2, 2010

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has suspended Archbishop Seraphim. The Synod has appointed Bishop Irenee of Quebec City as Administrator of the Archdiocese of Canada.

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