Catholic priest in Massachusetts charged with sexually assaulting young girl

Rev. Christian Ohazulume has since been barred from the Boston Archdiocese and fired from his job as a chaplain at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Rev. Christian Ohazulume during his arraignment for the alleged sexual abuse of a child in Randolph at Quincy District Court.
Rev. Christian Ohazulume during his arraignment. –Matthew J. Lee / The Boston Globe

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest has been charged with sexually assaulting a young girl while staying in her family’s Massachusetts home in 2006.

The Rev. Christian Ohazulume (oh-hahz-uh-LOO’-mee) pleaded not guilty Tuesday to aggravated indecent assault and battery of a child under 14. Bail was set at $5,000.

Prosecutors say Ohazulume lived with the family in the Boston suburb of Randolph after coming to the U.S. from Nigeria.

The alleged assault occurred when the girl, about 7 or 8 years old, went to Ohazulume’s bedroom for help with homework.

Ohazulume was a chaplain at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center but has since been fired. The Boston Archdiocese has barred him from ministry.

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His attorney says Ohazulume denies the allegations and asked for his release on personal recognizance.