Eastern Orthodox diocese defrocks Kodiak religious academy headmaster

Alaska Dispatch News

Jerzy Shedlock
March 26, 2015

Abuse allegations against the now-former headmaster of a small religious academy in Kodiak have resulted in the removal of his professional status within an Eastern Orthodox diocese.

What will happen to St. Innocent’s Academy — an alternative school for “at-risk” youths on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska — and its staff and students remains unclear.

The allegations center on Paisius DeLucia, who’s accused of physical, verbal and psychological abuse of students at St. Innocent’s.

Complaints from former students of the academy sparked an investigation by Alaska State Troopers as well as an internal investigation by the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the U.S., Canada and Australia, which oversees the academy.

The students posted victims’ statements detailing allegations to the website Academy Abuse, which went live in early January. Students claimed there that DeLucia once slammed a young man’s head against a wall and openly shared private confessions to embarrass a student, among other allegations.

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