New York Priest Suspended for Sending Women Sinful Selfies

By on January 18, 2017

A Long Island, New York Greek Orthodox priest has been suspended for allegedly sending sinful selfies.

Fr. Luke Melackrinos, a married priest and father of three and the spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Paul in Hempstead, was called into a Nassau County police station on Jan. 8 to address a complaint involving “inappropriate email exchanges he had with a woman,” according to a letter sent to parishioners by his bishop.

No charges were filed against Melackrinos but he was “immediately placed on a leave of absence” because “there is a certain code of behavior expected of our clergy,” read the letter written by Bishop Andonios Paropoulos, the chancellor of the Greek Orthodox church in the United States.

Melackrinos “consented to immediately begin seeing a professional for evaluation so we can determine the proper course of action,” the bishop wrote.

He told parishioners that the 46-year-old Melackrinos “fell in a moment of weakness.”

Melackrinos was sending “electronically inappropriate photographs of himself to (a) female parishioner,” according to sources at the parish.


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