Michael Oluronbi, originally from Nigeria and living in Birmingham, was found guilty of rape against six women and a man in January, actions described by a judge as “one of the worst cases of sexual abuse of multiple children to come before the courts”.
The feared’ evangelical pastor who used his trusted position to abuse children and adults over 20 years has been jailed for 34 years according to Daily Mail.
Some of his offences were carried out after he convinced victims, five of whom attended his church, to take part in ‘spiritual bathing’, which he claimed would ‘cleanse’ them of evil spirits.
He was convicted of 15 counts of rape, seven counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault – as his sentencing hearing heard there were at least 88 separate occasions on which he raped his victims.
The 60-year-old’s wife Juliana was jailed for 11 years after being found guilty of three counts of aiding and abetting rape after helping arrange some of the terminations.
Sentencing ‘arrogant’ Oluronbi on Friday, Judge Buckingham said:
You claimed that God was instructing you to conduct holy baths. Its real purpose was to fulfil your insatiable sexual appetite. The children feared you and this enables you to continue your grip. Your offending has had an extreme and severe impact on all of your complainants. Any attempt to suggest otherwise would be without foundation. You abused your position of trust, they trusted you like God. You did this because you are an arrogant, selfish and vain man. In my judgment, your offending must be one of the worst cases of sexual abuse of multiple children to come before the courts.
The religious leader was brought to justice after one of his victims, now an adult, came forward.
When eventually confronted about his offenses, Oluronbi said ‘the devil made me do it’.
In statements read to the court by the prosecution, one of the victims said the defendant’s actions made her question if her life was worth living.