Trial starts for northern Michigan priest accused of assault - WNEM TV 5

Trial starts for northern Michigan priest accused of assault

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A Roman Catholic priest has told jurors in northern Michigan that he was sexually assaulted by another priest during an overnight visit.

A trial began Tuesday for the Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka, who was pastor at St. Ignatius Church in Rogers City when he was arrested in February. He's charged with first-degree and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The Presque Isle County jury heard opening statements and some testimony Tuesday from the alleged victim, who said the sex was not consensual. Obwaka's lawyer gave a different version.

Daniel White says Obwaka is relieved that he'll get a chance to "tell his side" of the story.

Obwaka, a native of Kenya, has been a priest since 2010. He became pastor at St. Ignatius in July 2013.

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