HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A jury trial is underway for a visiting priest accused of holding a woman against her will and fondling her at an East Oahu church earlier this year.
Bothdan Borowic, 56, is charged with kidnapping and two counts of third-degree sexual assault. A 55-year-old woman told investigators that Borowic groped her on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in February.
The defendant is a Ukrainian Catholic priest who was on vacation from Winnipeg, Canada at the time of the alleged incident.
A Circuit Court jury heard opening statements Tuesday. Court was in recess Wednesday and will return Thursday.
Kidnapping is a class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Third-degree sex assault is a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.