A Catholic Church secretary says the parish priest forcibly kissed and groped her during her work in the rectory — and that the Brooklyn Diocese fired her while allowing him to continue preaching after she complained.
The woman says she put up with months of sexual innuendo and inappropriate hugging from the Rev. Charles Oduro, 56, in the offices of St. Catherine of Genoa in Flatbush before catching him on tape begging to kiss her.
“Just the lips, not the tongue,” a man she says is Oduro tells her in the shocking audio recording the woman gave to the Daily News.
“So if we kiss, does that mean that we can’t f---?” he asks.
After being contacted by The News, the diocese pulled the priest from pastoral duties, putting him on administrative leave.
Diocese spokeswoman Adriana Rodriguez said the woman had been placed on paid leave after complaining about Oduro, not fired.
But Oduro stopped paying her, she says. The alleged victim, who asked that her name not be used, describes herself as a devout Catholic who was eager to start a part-time job at the church last April.
But soon after she started, she says the creepy clergyman began subjecting her to long, tight embraces and comments about how good she looked in jeans while eyeing her butt.
“I just brushed it off,” she told The News. “I was just hoping he was joking and it was nothing serious. I was willing to tolerate it — maybe I didn’t want to believe it.”
The unwanted attention escalated, she says, on Dec. 18 when he bumped his butt against hers while she was standing in the rectory kitchen. He apologized, saying it was an accident, but she believes it was intentional.
“I thought, ‘What am I going to do? I don’t want to lose my job,” she recalled. “What if it gets worse?”
It did, she says.