A 'feared' evangelical pastor who used his trusted position to abuse children and adults over 20 years has been jailed for 34 years after his conviction for multiple rapes of members of his congregation.
Self-styled prophet Michael Oluronbi, originally from Nigeria and living in Birmingham, was found guilty of the offences 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'.
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.
During the trial at Birmingham Crown Court, a jury heard that some of his young female victims became pregnant multiple times but were taken to abortion clinics by qualified pharmacist Oluronbi, to cover up what was happening.''
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.
Judge Sarah Buckingham said the real purpose of the 'spiritual baths' was to 'fulfil your insatiable sexual appetite'.
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.
Both defendants will be required to sign the sex offenders' register for life.
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 enable 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.'
The judge continued: 'You did this because you are an arrogant, selfish and vain man.
'In my judgement, your offending must be one of the worst cases of sexual abuse of multiple children to come before the courts.'
His wife, Juliana, was convicted of three counts of aiding and abetting rape after helping arrange some of the terminations
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My view: Hopefully it will serve as a lesson to other fake pastors who are tempted to do the same sort of thing.