The Rev. Charles Emezie, a priest of the Diocese of Orlu, Nigeria, who has been employed as a chaplain at Avera St. Luke's Hospital and Avera Mother Joseph Manor in Aberdeen for more than 18 years, has been terminated from his chaplaincy by the Avera administration, according to the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls.
Recent allegations of sexual harassment of adult female staff members have been found credible, the diocese reported, and constitute violations of the diocesan sexual misconduct policy.
The Diocese of Sioux Falls also has revoked Emezie's privileges to minister in the church. Officials have informed his bishop in Nigeria that he can no longer minister to others.