Scarborough priest now faces eight charges of sexual assault

New allegations surface after initial Sept. 11 arrest

A Scarborough pastor, already facing one charge of sexual assault, was arrested Monday and charged with an additional seven counts of sexual assault and one of forcible confinement.

Ioan Pop, 54, turned himself in to police Sept. 30 after new allegations of sexual assault surfaced following his Sept. 11 arrest for an alleged Sept. 3 sexual assault.
Ioan Pop, 54, turned himself in to police Sept. 30 after new allegations of sexual assault surfaced following his Sept. 11 arrest for an alleged Sept. 3 sexual assault. (Courtesy Toronto Police)

Ioan Pop, a 54-year-old priest at All Saints Romanian Orthodox Church, turned himself in to police Sept. 30.

Police allege Pop sexually assaulted women between the ages of 24 and 33 in the church and in their homes over a six-year period from 2005 to 2011.

“He turned himself in (Monday) morning at 41 Division, but didn’t provide any comments,” Const. Hilary Hawkins said. “We believe there are more victims and we are seeking the public’s assistance if they know anything, as the investigation is ongoing.”

The latest charges were laid after new allegations came forward following Pop’s initial arrest on Sept. 11 for an alleged sexual assault in the church a week earlier, police say.

Pop allegedly assaulted a woman on Sept. 3, Police say, and was interrupted when a couple walked into the church, located in the Birchmount and Danforth Roads area.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Det. Const. Teresa Curtis or Pasquale Alberga at 416-808-7474, or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.