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Police arrests Catholic priest of Nigerian-descent in the U.S. for alleged sex-related offenses
USAfricaonline.com and Houston-based USAfrica The Newspaper can report that Ike Cyriacus Udegbulem, 39-years old Catholic priest of Nigerian-descent in Laredo, Texas, has been arrested very early this morning of Friday June 21, 2002, for alleged sex-related offenses, including rape and sodomy. The offenses are alleged to have been committed in the year 2000 while he was serving as a priest in the Brooklyn Diocese.
He originated his pastoral duties from the Nigerian Diocese of Orlu. He hails from the town of Ihioma.
Uchegbulem has been on the list of about 35 priests offered prosecutors this year by the Brooklyn Diocese following accusations of sexual misconduct.
The alleged offenses are reported to have happened against the will of an adult woman of mixed parentage from the Virgin Islands. The Nigerian priest who is also studying for a doctoral program had returned to the U.S. a few months ago.
Meanwhile, the retired 71-years old Rev. Paul R. Shanley was indicted on Thursday June 20, 2002, for 10 counts of child rape and indecent assault, which reportedly occured from1979 to 1989, when he was at St. Jean's parish in Newton, a suburb of Boston. Prosecuting District Attorney Martha Coakley and her colleagues said that Shanley would take one of the boys, who is now 24, out of religious classes and abuse him in the St. Jean's church bathroom , its rectory, or a confessional. "In an ideal world we would not have sexual abuse of children. In a better world, adults would protect children," Coakley stated.
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