The Archdiocese of Boston has removed a Nigerian priest residing at a Massachusetts church from ministry after an allegation that he sexually abused a child, the archdiocese stated in Tuesday.
Rev. Christian Ohazulume, an extern priest, who has resided at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Brookline, pleaded not responsible to a few counts of aggravated assault and battery on a child underneath 14 in Quincy District Courtroom on Tuesday, September 11, in accordance with Norfolk District Lawyer Michael W. Morrissey.
The Archdiocese acquired an allegation on August 31, towards Rev. Ohazulume, from Nnewi. The incident allegedly occurred in Randolph in 2007, whereas he was dwelling with his uncle after he arrived in the US.
The then 8-year-old sufferer’s father says that Ohazulume is his personal nephew, and that he helped convey him to the U.S. from Nigeria to check at Boston School.
“I am unhappy,” the person stated in an unique interview with NBC10 Boston. “I am devastated.”
The lady lately informed police Ohazulume touched her inappropriately and kissed her. The alleged crimes occurred within the basement the place Ohazulume lived with the household when he first moved to the U.S.
“I do not suppose my daughter would make up something like this understanding how Father Christian is a member of the family,” the person stated.
He added that he knew nothing of the allegations till his daughter spoke up lately.
“I invested in Father Christian coming to this nation,” the lady’s father stated. “I helped him in some ways. Like a son.”
Ohazulume was ordered held on $5,000 bail. The assistant district lawyer requested he not be allowed to journey exterior of Massachusetts, that he don’t have any unsupervised contact with any minors, that he keep away from and don’t have any contact with the sufferer or her household, and that he be topic to GPS monitoring if launched.
Ohazulume has assisted in celebrating Mass and listening to confessions at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish since 2010. He has additionally been employed as a chaplain at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Heart for the reason that identical 12 months. The hospital says he has now been fired.
“When the Archdiocese knowledgeable us in regards to the allegation and it is determination to revoke Rev. Ohazulume’s ministry schools, we instantly praised him on unpaid go away and terminated him shortly thereafter. He’s now not employed by BIDMC, ” the hospital stated.
The allegation of sexual abuse reportedly occurred in Randolph in 2007, when Ohazulume was dwelling with a household after arriving within the U.S.
The archdiocese stated it discovered of the allegation on Aug. 31 and instantly notified legislation enforcement.
In accordance with the archdiocese, it has been involved with Ohazulume’s house diocese in Nigeria and notified them of the allegation. Because of this, his schools to minister have been withdrawn.
Ohazulume was represented on the arraignment by protection lawyer Bethany Rogers. She denied the allegations and stated Ohazulume was cooperating with the investigation. He’s due again in courtroom Nov. 13 for a possible trigger listening to.
The archdiocese stated in an announcement it’s “dedicated to making sure the security and well-being of kids and younger individuals in our parishes and establishments.”
They stated they proceed to make counseling companies out there to survivors and their households impacted by clergy sexual abuse.