Local Priest, Former WJU Professor Charged With Sexually Battering 11-Year-Old Girl
A Catholic priest who was a faculty member at Wheeling Jesuit University and who served as an associate pastor at St. Paul Parish in Weirton was arrested on sex charges last week.
The Rev. Felix Owino, a priest in the Religious Missionary Institute of the Apostles of Jesus, is charged with one count of aggravated sexual battery stemming from an alleged incident involving a child in Fairfax, Va.
Owino served as associate pastor at St. Paul’s in Weirton, providing coverage of parish Masses, and, until last month, he was a faculty member in the philosophy department of WJU. University officials said in a news release that Owino has no current responsibilities at the university and is not expected to return to campus.
"Owino is not a member of the Jesuit order and was on summer break from his teaching duties at the time of the incident. During his two years at Wheeling Jesuit, the campus authorities received no student complaints about his conduct," the news release stated.
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