Winnipeg: Priest Bohdan Borowec was found not guilty of kidnapping and sexual assault of woman in Hawaii

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Canadian Immigration Report

09 August 2011

 
Rev. Bohdan Borowec was found not guilty of sexual assault against a woman in Hawaii. (khon2.com)

Manitoba priest acquitted of Hawaii sex assault
CBC News
Posted: Aug 9, 2011 7:08 PM CT Last Updated: Aug 9, 2011 7:08 PM CT

A Winnipeg priest has been found not guilty of sexual assault and kidnapping in Hawaii.

Ukrainian Catholic priest Bohdan Borowec, 56, had been on vacation in Honolulu when the alleged incident occurred Feb. 13.

According to his lawyer Shawn Luiz, Borowec was acquitted on all charges in a Honolulu court on Monday.
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“He was found not guilty,” said Luiz, adding Borowec had been released on bail since his arrest in February. “He is now free to return home,” said the lawyer.

Borowec, who was born in Poland, was ordained Dec. 16, 1984, in Winnipeg and was most recently the administrator at Holy Ghost Church on Ada Street in Winnipeg’s Brooklands neighbourhood, as well as at Christ the King Church on Fountain Street in the Centennial neighbourhood.

Borowec was accused of hugging a woman at an East Oahu church and repeatedly kissing her.

But Luiz said the court found Borowec was falsely accused. He said the defence argued the claims were made by someone who was trying to obtain compensation from the church.

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Winnipeg priest found not guilty on kidnapping, sexual assault charges in Hawaii 

ctvwinnipeg.ca

Updated: Tue Aug. 09 2011 15:14:02 

A Winnipeg priest has been found not guilty of kidnapping and sexual assault charges in Hawaii. 

Father Bohdan Borowec was on vacation inHawaiiin February. He was staying at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. 

According to court records, a female parishioner claimed she was held against her will and sexually assaulted. 

CTV News spoke with the prosecuting attorney Tuesday. 

She said the jury found the 56-year-old priest not guilty of all charges.

3 Responses to Winnipeg: Priest Bohdan Borowec was found not guilty of kidnapping and sexual assault of woman in Hawaii

  1. Tam says:

    Is it possible to obtain the transcript of the trial? What about information on the accuser? Previous history?

  2. Sylvia says:

    I think Tammy that anyone would be able to get a copy of the transcript by contacting the courthouse in Honlulu. There is a price to pay – usually not cheap.

    I have no information beyond what was in the papers. I was hoping for more coverage in the media but have been able to find only what I have posted to date. If you find out any more please pass it along.

  3. 1yellowknife says:

    Tam: I agree with Sylvia. My second option would be contacting his lawyer and ask for any suggestions (maybe a contact name in the Honolulu courthouse). Good luck with that.

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