Boston, MA - This week, the Archdiocese of Boston has removed a Nigerian priest from both his Massachusetts church and the ministry in general. According to officials, the Nigerian priest was accused of allegedly sexually abusing a child in a Randolph home over 10 years ago.
Reverend Christian Ohazulume, a priest from Nigeria who has served at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Brookline for several years, pleaded not guilty this past Tuesday in Quincy District Court. The reverend was charged with aggravated assault and battery on the 8-year-old child.
According to the 8-year-old victim’s father, Ohazulume was the child’s uncle.
The victim recently told police that her uncle, Ohazulume, had touched her in an inappropriate way in the past. He had kissed her, too. According to her statement, the sexual assault and battery had taken place in her basement, where her uncle lived for several years when he first moved here. It’s unfortunate considering the family had helped Father Christian move to the United States from Nigeria in order to help him attend Boston College.
The victim’s father stated that he had no idea that Father Christian had ever touched his daughter. He was unaware of the incident until she came forward to tell police.
Ohazulume is to be held on $5,000 bail. The assistant district attorney has asked for the reverend to not be allowed outside of Massachusetts, to not be allowed to come into contact with minors unless supervised, to stay away from the victim and her family with no contact at all, and to be potentially monitored by GPS if released.
Father Christian has been involved with the St. Mary of Assumption Parish since 2010. He has also been employed as a chaplain at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2010. The hospital has come forward to state that he has been fired since the investigation started, and he will not be allowed to work at this location again.
The reported incident of sexual abuse happened in 2007 in Randolph, Massachusetts. The archdiocese found out about the series of events on August 31st, in which they immediately told law enforcement.
Ohazulume is due back in court on November 13, 2018.