Ex-archbishop demoted to monk after conviction for sexually assaulting teen boy

CBC News

An ex-archbishop found guilty of sexually assaulting a pre-teen boy has been demoted to simple monk.

Seraphim Storheim, 68, was sentenced to eight months in jail last year for sexually assaulting a young boy who lived with him briefly in 1985 in Winnipeg.

The boy and his young brother both lived with Storheim when they worked as altar boys during that time.

Storheim was originally charged with sexually assaulting both boys but was only convicted of sexually assaulting one.

Now, he has been stripped of his title as archbishop and returned to rank of lay or “simple” monk.

The decision came from the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America late last week.

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