Fr. Bennet Akuzie

Diocese:  Diocese of Brooklyn


In April 1996, Akuzie was arrested on charges of third degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. According to reports, Akuzie invited a 16-year-old girl and a 21-year-old woman to his motel room at the Cross Bay Motor Inn in Ozone Park. The 16-year-old girl alleged that Akuzie fondled her breasts, exposed himself to her, and solicited sex acts from her. When Akuzie left to take a shower, they took his car without permission. They were apprehended after Akuzie reported his car stolen and the 16-year-old girl made the sexual abuse charges against him. At the time, Akuzie, a Catholic priest from Nigeria, was visiting New York to attend religious school.

Sources:  NY Daily News 4.3.96; NY Times 4.4.96