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Hawaii court clears priest, says sex-assault charges 'fabricated'

August 25, 2011

A court in Hawaii has cleared a Catholic priest of sexual misconduct, finding that the complaint against him had been "fabricated."

Father Buohdan Borowec, a visiting priest from the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg, had been charged with sexual assault in February. A jury found that the charge was based on a harmless incident in which the priest had exchanged "two courtesy hugs and kisses on the cheek" with an adult woman, in the presence of a witness. The woman later decided to file charges.

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