MONTREAL – Greek-Canadian Nicolas Agapiadis, “a Montreal naturopath who failed to show up in court for a sentence hearing after he was convicted of sexual assault last year, spent the past month vacationing on a sunny island in Greece, according to the owner of a hotel,” the Montreal Gazette (MG) reported on March 10.
The hotel owner, who asked to remain anonymous, said that “Agapiadis was apprehended Monday by local police as he was about to board a ferry to the Athens area because he tried to leave without paying his hotel bill,” MG reported, adding that she said “the police in Samos were made aware of Montreal Gazette articles about Agapiadis’s sexual assault case, but… when the local police checked with Interpol they found no warrant that would allow them to arrest Agapiadis, and they let him go.”
Greek-Canadian Quebec Court Judge Dennis Galiatsatos, on October 16, “found Agapiadis guilty of sexually assaulting two women, one in 2014 and the other in 2015,” MG reported, adding that “one victim was raped while Agapiadis claimed to be offering services as a naturopath to help get her pregnant.”
It should be noted that a naturopath or a naturopathic doctor (ND) treats patients holistically and must take a professional board exam to become licensed, but is not recognized as medical doctor.
Agapiadis “was not present in court on the day he was convicted,” MG reported, noting that “he claimed to be suffering from terminal cancer and was too ill to even appear through a videoconference.”
“During the same court hearing, prosecutor Annabelle Sheppard announced she would seek to have Agapiadis serve a federal sentence, which means a prison term of at least two years,” MG reported.
“The hotel owner, who asked not to be named because she doesn’t want her business to be associated with Agapiadis and his crimes, said she is convinced he is still on the island,” MG reported, adding that she said “the next ferry to Piraeus, a port city in the Athens area, leaves on Thursday.”
She “expressed disappointment that Interpol apparently did not have a warrant for his arrest,” MG reported, adding that “when Agapiadis failed to show up for his sentence hearing in early December, his lawyer informed the court that Agapiadis claimed in writing he had left for Greece to recover from cancer.”
“One thousand per cent. No, wait — one million per cent,” the woman told MG when asked “if the man staying at her hotel since early February was indeed Agapiadis.”
She said that “she found the man’s behavior strange and decided to do an online search for the name he used when he checked in,” MG reported, noting that “when she found the Montreal Gazette’s articles about Agapiadis’ case, accompanied by a photo taken at the Montreal courthouse, she was convinced he was the same man.”
She said that “she found it hard to believe a man wanted in Montreal as a convicted sex offender would be staying at her hotel,” MG reported.
“He was strange from the beginning,” she told MG. “We tried to keep our distance from him. We tried not to have a lot of contact with him.”
“One of the first things Agapiadis did, she recounted, was check the hotel room he was assigned ‘for positive energy,’” MG reported, noting that “he also checked everything inside the room.”
“He was also reluctant to give us his ID,” she told MG, adding that “he turned over a piece of identification in his real name.”
“We had to ask something like two or three times. It was like he didn’t want us to have it in our hands. It’s normal for a hotel to ask for identification,” the hotel owner told MG.
The Samos police told MG that “an arrest of that type would have been done by the local port authority,” meanwhile, “the port authority said such an arrest would have been done by the Samos police.”
MG then contacted Interpol Canada “to confirm whether or not the international police agency has a warrant for Agapiadis, but received no reply.”
Department of Justice Canada also “did not reply to a request for information on whether Canada has asked that Agapiadis be extradited from Greece,” MG reported.
Judge Galiatsatos on December 4 had “issued a bench warrant for Agapiadis’s arrest after being informed of his failure to show up for the sentence hearing that day,” MG reported, adding that “Agapiadis’ two victims were in court that day and were ready to testify about the impact his actions had on their lives.”
“He is actively absconding,” the judge said in December, MG reported, noting that “he also expressed disappointment over how, in January 2016, Agapiadis wasn’t asked to turn over his passports when he was granted bail.”