ACK Bishop is accused of sexually abusing a woman by caressing her breasts and kissing her without her permission.
Bishop Joel Waweru was charged with sexual assault before Kibera senior principal magistrate Derrick Kuto, who dismissed the two criminal counts.
The ACK Bishop allegedly committed the crime on various days and times in the Lang’ata sub-county of Nairobi county, according to the charge sheet.
Waweru, as a person in a position of authority, made sexual advances to J.N.M despite knowing or having reason to suspect that such advances were not welcomed by J.NM, according to the charge sheet given in court.
According to the police report, the accused person is said to have sexually assaulted the woman since 2018.
The accused is believed to have sexually assaulted the victim since 2018, according to the police report.
The woman was downgraded from parish vicar and archdiocesan at St Mark’s Church, Westlands, to vicar and later transferred to St Barnabas Parish Church, Otiende, with her income withheld, according to the court.
The police report said the woman complained that the cleric on various occasions embarrassed her, asking her to tell the congregation that he had never demanded sex from her as the rumours claimed.
The woman further told the police as per the documents that, the bishop also tried to kiss her but his wife entered the office but she did not notice anything.
The report further indicates that one day when she had a stain on her blouse, the Man of God came to her office and indecently touched her breasts where the stain was which made her feel uncomfortable and uneasy.
She reported to the police that the Bishop had again, according to the police, told her that she was beautiful and he liked her.
The police report says that, the woman feels the Bishop is obsessed with her yet she is married.
The police report says that the man of God summoned her in front of elders of the church and lied about her calling the elders “ihii” meaning uncircumcised men.
The police say that the woman felt embarrassed and emotionally frustrated and feeling insecure.
However, the bishop yesterday pleaded not guilty to the accusations and pleaded for lenient bond terms.
He was released on Sh50,000 cash bail.