CANOGA PARK — The rector of an Episcopal parish has been suspended for four years after admitting to his bishop that he engaged in sexual misconduct with women parishioners, an official of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles said Tuesday.
The Rev. James A. Maronde, 45, left the pulpit at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in February after written complaints from four people were received by Bishop Frederick H. Borsch in January, according to the Rev. Canon Anne Sutherland Howard, a high-ranking aide to the bishop.
"The complaints involved sexual misconduct with adult women parishioners" during the 10 years Maronde was rector, the Episcopal equivalent of pastor, at the parish of 143 households, Howard said in an interview.
A document signed by Maronde, who is married, admitted to "misusing the pastoral office and sexual conduct," Howard said.
Maronde was not immediately available for comment.
However, his wife, Eileen, told a reporter: "The whole situation is sorrowful and painful. We are working this out in therapy and I've forgiven him for any misdeeds."