'Feared' Birmingham pastor was multiple rapist who left child victims pregnant

birminghammail | 1/17/2020 | Staff
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A "feared" evangelical pastor who used his trusted position to abuse children and adults over 20 years has been convicted of multiple rapes of members of his congregation.

Self-styled prophet Michael Oluronbi, originally from Nigeria, was found guilty of the offences against six women and a man - five of whom attended his church.

Offences - Victims - Part - Bathing - Spirits

Some of his offences were carried out after he convinced victims to take part in "spiritual bathing", which he claimed would "cleanse" them of evil spirits.

Oluronbi was convicted on Friday after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court, and his offending can now be reported after restrictions were lifted.

Trial - Jury - Heard - Female - Victims

During the trial, a jury heard that some of his young female victims became pregnant multiple times but were taken to abortion clinics by qualified pharmacist Oluronbi, to cover up what was happening.

Michael Oluronbi.

Counts - Rape - Counts - Indecent - Assault

He was convicted of 15 counts of rape, seven counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault.

The 60-year-old's wife Juliana was convicted of three counts of aiding and abetting rape after helping arrange some of the terminations.

Leader - Justice - Victims - Adult

The religious leader was brought to justice after one of his victims, now an adult, came forward.

Jurors heard Oluronbi was linked to a Christian church in Edgbaston - the Cherubim and Seraphim Church - which had roots in Nigeria.

Splinter - Group - Adults - Children - Separate

He set up on his own splinter group for about 40 adults and children - separate to the church and located at another address - where he began a practice of "spiritual bathing".

The offences took place in Birmingham and London.

Phil - Bradley - QC - Prosecuting - Jury

Phil Bradley QC, prosecuting, told the jury: "The Crown's case is that Mr Oluronbi used what he called 'spiritual work' as a subterfuge for that sexual abuse.

"The main tactic he employed was to claim that God had instructed him to administer 'holy baths' to some of his congregation in order to 'cleanse' them...
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