Judge denies ex-archbishop’s sex assault appeal
WINNIPEG – A former archbishop has been denied an appeal of his sexual assault conviction and sentence and is now headed to jail.
Kenneth (Seraphim) Storheim was found guilty Jan. 24, 2014, of one count of sexually molesting a young boy — and cleared of a charge he molested the boy’s twin — in incidents from nearly 30 years ago.
A Court of Appeal ruling issued Thursday by Justice William J. Burnett dismissed a motion for the court to hear fresh evidence, as well as motions to appeal Storheim’s conviction and sentence.
Storheim was previously sentenced to eight months in prison but was out on bail pending the results of the appeal.
Storheim was the rector at Holy Trinity Sobor in Winnipeg between 1984 and 1987. He was elected Canadian archbishop of the Orthodox Church in America in 2007.