Spotlight on abuse: Episcopal priest Christopher King

By | March 27, 2022
the Rev. Christopher King

Originally published Feb. 7, 2017

Child porn, Xanax and meth were allegedly found at the home of a Long Island priest who was fired Saturday over the charges.

the Rev. Christopher King, 51, was arrested Friday and charged with five counts of possessing child porn and two counts of possessing a controlled substance, Nassau County police said.

Police said the pornography on King’s computer involved children younger than 16. Investigators said they also found methamphetamine, Xanax pills and drug-related paraphernalia.

King, who was the preist-in-charge of St. James in Long Beach, was fired Saturday when the diocese was notified of the allegations, the diocese said.

“The diocese and the entire Episcopal Church have a zero tolerance policy with respect to criminal conduct of any kind, including the allegations made against Father King,” said Bishop Lawrence C. Provenzano of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island.

It’s not clear whether King had an attorney.


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Ye Watchers

The trail on this guy is a little more interesting. Other newspaper articles say that his porn stash had photos and video of two year olds. He was technically a priest from the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real, but licensed in the Diocese of Long Island. I think it was Bishop Mary-Gray Reeves who pulled his priestly orders in February of 2017, but Bishop Provenzano who revoked his license to officiate. He was an Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow and part of the Episcopal Diocese of New York’s Sexuality Study Group who responded to the last Lambeth Conference.