67-year-old George Passias, a pastor at the Saint Spyridon Church in Washington Heights allegedly had romantic relations with 45-year-old Ethel Bouzalas who hails from Peru, the New York Post reports. Passias is married with four children while Bouzalas is also married with three children, the newspaper alleges.
The New York based publication claims that following the revelation of his extramarital relationship by Bouzalas’s husband, Passias was suspended from his role in the church mid September by Bishop Andonios Paropoulos.
The pastor’s explanation of his absence to his followers was “personal and health reasons,” via e-mail, while he also noted that he had committed sins and asked his followers to not ask him further questions about his whereabouts, the New York Post further claims.
The New York Post claims to having a homemade tape that Passias and Bouzalas filmed, which depicts them in sexual actions. The newspaper further cites Paropoulos as saying that Passias and Bouzalas told him about the tape.