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Canadian Orthodox archbishop charged with sex assaults

Archbishop Kenneth William Storheim
Image caption Archbishop Storheim, 64, is accused of offences dating back to the 1980s

The head of the Canadian diocese of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) has been charged with two counts of sexual assault.

Police in Winnipeg, Manitoba, said Archbishop Kenneth William Storheim had been released on bail.

They said the archbishop had turned himself in on Wednesday.

The OCA said he had taken a leave of absence from his post in October after an investigation into the allegations was launched.

Reports said the allegations concerned young boys and dated from the 1980s when he was the rector of a Winnipeg parish.

His official title in the church is His Eminence, Archbishop Seraphim.

The Orthodox Church in America was originally founded as a mission of the Russian Orthodox Church, before eventually becoming self governing.

It has hundreds of parishes in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

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