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Priest pleads guilty to molesting girl

Tom Jackman

A Catholic priest from West Virginia pleaded guilty in Fairfax County on Wednesday to aggravated sexual battery for inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl while he was visiting the girl's Herndon home.

The Rev. Felix Owino, 44, was arrested after the girl told her parents of the incident in July, which occurred while Owino, the girl and others were watching a movie on television. Police described Owino as a family friend.

Owino, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, is a member of the Apostles of Jesus missionary congregation, an African congregation of priests and brothers. He was serving as a philosophy instructor at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia and as an associate pastor at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Weirton, W.Va.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  | September 29, 2010; 6:47 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax, Sex Crimes, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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This brave little girl is to be commended for doing the right thing by immediately telling her mom. Then her mom did the right thing by calling police.

Now hopefully others, who have been harmed by Owino, will also speak up and contact police. This predator priest needs to be kept in jail and away from kids.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511,

Posted by: snapjudy | September 29, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least it was a girl and not a boy like all the other priests...

Posted by: rpcv84 | September 29, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

This could be a red flag that there is significant risk to children when the Catholic Church transfers priests to the United States from other counties.

Posted by: twoten5 | September 30, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

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