Ex-archbishop Seraphim Storheim defrocked after sex assault conviction

Toronto Star

By: Winnipeg Free Press Published on Wed Oct 28 2015

DETROIT—A former archbishop convicted of sexually assaulting a young altar boy at a Winnipeg church has been demoted to a monk.

Seraphim Storheim, who is 69, was once the highest-ranking official in Canada for the Orthodox Church in America.

The church’s website says Storheim was removed from the priesthood during the annual fall session of its Holy Synod of Bishops last week in Detroit.

Storheim was found guilty early last year of assaulting the boy while he was working as a parish priest at Holy Trinity Sobor Orthodox Church in the 1980s.

He started serving an eight-month sentence earlier this year after an unsuccessful bid to overturn his conviction before the Manitoba Court of Appeal.

He was freed in July under an earned early release.

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