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Canadian archbishop found guilty of sexual assault

January 24, 2014

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — An Orthodox archbishop in Canada has been found guilty of sexually assaulting one of two brothers almost 30 years ago.

Justice Christopher Mainella said Friday in his ruling that Seraphim Kenneth Storheim of the Orthodox Church in America was evasive and untrustworthy in his denials on the witness stand in Winnipeg.

The judge also said one brother was clear in his testimony, while the other had memory and mental illness problems.

The brothers, who are now in their 30s, testified they lived with Storheim briefly, on separate occasions, when they worked as altar boys in 1985. They said Storheim walked around naked and touched them sexually — accusations Storheim denied.

Storheim was a priest at the time, and later rose to become archbishop for the church.

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