W. Va. Priest Arrested in Fairfax on Sex Charge

By Garrett Browne - WAMU 88.5
|  Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010  |  Updated 3:17 PM EDT
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Priest Accused of Sexual Battery of 11-Year-Old Girl

the Rev. Felix Owino

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A West Virginia priest is in custody today in Fairfax after allegations that he had inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old girl.

Felix Owino is charged with one count of aggravated sexual battery and is being held by Fairfax County authorities without bond.

The victim is a daughter of long-time family friends of Owino. Police responded to the family’s home shortly after 10 p.m. the night of July 7. After a short investigation, police made the arrest on July 8.

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in West Virginia learned of the Owino arrest on July 9 and upon review suspended him from duties with the Diocese, where he served as a priest at the Apostles of Jesus Congregation.

The first hearing is set for Sept. 2.

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