(Source: CBS News) Reported on Jun 10, 2013
The sex-abuse trial of Canada’s senior Orthodox Church cleric began Monday with a former altar boy accusing Archbishop Kenneth William (Seraphim) Storheim of inviting him to touch his private parts.
Storheim has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault involving two pre-teen brothers who were members of the church more than 25 years ago, when he worked at a parish in Winnipeg’s North End. Storheim is the highest-ranking cleric in the Canadian diocese of the Orthodox Church in America.
The first witness at the trial being held at the Court of Queen’s Bench in Winnipeg testified that his mother encouraged him to go to Winnipeg and serve as Storheim’s altar boy during the summer of 1985. He was shown his room, where he said Storheim sometimes came at night and hugged him.