ME- Priest charged with child pornography; he was convicted in Michigan

ME- Priest charged with child pornography; he was convicted in Michigan

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Statement by Melanie Jula Sakoda of Moraga,CA, Orthodox Christian Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

A former Brookline, MA seminarian, who was convicted of a sex crime in Michigan in 1983, has been arrested again in Maine and accused of possessing child pornography.

Father Adam Metropoulos has been charged with possessing child pornography and photographing a woman without her permission.

The clergyman was suspended “from all priestly duties” by his bishop yesterday. However, Metropoulos had been employed by Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Bangor, Maine, from September 2001, until yesterday.

Before attending Holy Cross Seminary, Metropoulos worked as a high school chemistry teacher in Maine from 1990-1997.

We urge church officials to use their positions to reach out to the Greek communities in Bangor and Brookline and beg anyone who experienced, witnessed or suspected Metropoulos of sex crimes to contact the police.

We also urge the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the jurisdiction to which Saint George belongs, immediately open an investigation into how someone with a prior sex offense was allowed to both enroll in seminary and obtain a position of authority in the Church.

In 2012, a married Brookline seminarian with a history of drug abuse was expelled shortly before graduation following accusations that he had given drugs to and sexually abused the teen-aged daughter of a Greek priest who had been hired to babysit his children.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

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