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The priest charged in connection with the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault on the grounds of an East Honolulu church arrived in Hawaii only two weeks ago.
The Rev. Bothdan Borowic, 56, was charged yesterday with kidnapping and two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. He was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.
The assault occurred in what is known as the Makai House, a former convent on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, 5919 Kalanianaole Highway in Kuliouou.
The priest was to lead services for the St. Sophia’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Mission, said Patrick Downes, spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Hawaii. The priest was staying at Makai House, which is at the back of Holy Trinity Church. St. Sophia’s holds services daily in a small chapel of Makai House, Downes said.
The 55-year-old woman told police the priest held her against her will and sexually assaulted her about 1:55 p.m. Sunday. The priest was arrested at Makai House at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.