Official at religious academy in Kodiak accused of physical, mental abuse of students
February 18, 2015, Alaska Dispatch News
Alaska State Troopers are investigating public allegations of physical and mental abuse against students of an Eastern Orthodox church school for troubled youths in Kodiak.
Former students of St. Innocent’s Academy have submitted victims’ statements to the website Academy Abuse, which went live in early January.
The website’s authors decided to go public with the allegations after Metropolitan Joseph Bosakov -- the leader of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the U.S., Canada and Australia, who oversees the academy -- failed to take satisfactory action, they said through the site. There are currently 15 victims' statements posted to the website.
St. Innocent’s is an alternative school for “at-risk” young men and women on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. Its website  states many of the students are in need . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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