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Man Says He Caught Priest Half Naked With His Wife

ATLANTA (CN) - A man claims he caught his priest "half naked ... locked in an intimate embrace" with his wife, who was "completely naked" in the parishioner's kitchen. He says he chased the holy man out of his house, and the priest left behind his shoes, watch and other belongings.

The husband sued Fr. John Shramko, St. Patrick's Church, of Norcross, Ga., and the Archdiocese of Atlanta in Fulton County Superior Court.

He says he and his wife began attending the church in 2003. Shramko became its priest in 2006.

The husband claims he noticed in February 2007 "that his wife stopped having marital relations with him and that she was spending more time at the church."

In September 2007, "the plaintiff permitted his wife to be an employee at Saint Patrick's Church," he says. He adds that because of the priest's spiritual role in his family, he sought "Father Shramko's counsel on a variety of personal issues."

But in May 2008, he says, he came one day, accompanied by his children, to find Shramko and his wife in the kitchen.

"Father Shramko was half naked and the plaintiff's wife was completely naked, and they were both locked in an intimate embrace," the complaint states.

The husband says he chased the priest out of his house, but not before the children recognized Shramko. As a result, he says he and his children, who have undergone therapy and counseling, have suffered sleep deprivation, headaches, severe loss of appetite and high blood pressure.

The husband seeks damages for the "pain and suffering from the adultery and divorce" and the costs of "enrolling his children in counseling classes."

He is represented by William A. Tiku of Marietta.

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