Nigerian catholic priest who served at a church in Brookline and as a chaplain at a Boston hospital is accused of sexually abusing a child.
Rev. Christian Ohazulume pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated and indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14. .
Ohazulume has been a chaplain at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2010, according to the Archdiocese of Boston.
During that time, he has also lived at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Brookline where he’s assisted in celebrating Mass and hearing confessions. .
The Archdiocese said they received “an allegation of sexual abuse of a child on August 31.” They alerted police and later removed Ohazulume from ministry. .
“The allegation was identified to have occurred in 2007, during a time he was residing with a family upon his arrival in the United States a d the victim was 8 years old,” the Archdiocese said in a statement Tuesday. .
The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office said the charges were taken by Randolph Police. The Archdiocese said it notified Ohazulume’s home diocese in Nnewi, Anambra State, about the allegation. .
The judge set bail at $5,000 and ordered Ohazulume to wear a GPS monitoring device and stay away from the victim and minors. The victim alleged that he touched her inappropriately and kissed her at the basement of their house.
The 8-year-old victim’s father says that Ohazulume is his own nephew, and that he helped bring him to the U.S. from Nigeria to study at Boston College. “I invested in Father Christian coming to this country,” the girl’s father told NECN. “I helped him in many ways. Like a son.#