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Pastor and wife convicted of historical child abuse

Michael Oluronbi was convicted of historical sex offences. Credit: West Midlands Police

A pastor and his wife have been convicted of historical child abuse.

Michael Oluronbi, 60, began assaulting his victims when he set up a church group at a house in Winson Green, Birmingham in 1989.

The self-proclaimed pastor and pharmacist would carry out the abuse after the meetings.

He covered up the abuse by carrying out what he called ‘spiritual work’ which involved bathing his victims - in some cases he made them drink perfume.

On some occasions, 58-year-old Juliana also carried out the ‘spiritual baths’, assisting her husband in the abuse.

Juliana Oluronbi was convicted of two counts of aiding and abetting the rape of a child and one count of aiding and abetting the rape of an adult. Credit: West Midlands Police

Oluronbi, who was a pastor in Edgbaston, would brainwash his victims into thinking that the abuse was a normal part of their religion.

He claimed that it warded off evil and even that it would help improve their school grades.

Four of the girls fell pregnant and when this happened, Oluronbi and his wife arranged for a paid abortion or Michael would administer the drug himself.

Earlier this year, a family member of one of the victims confronted the couple at their home, Oluronbi claimed the devil made him carry out the abuse.

He was arrested in May last year at Birmingham Airport after it was feared he was preparing to flee the country.

Following a five-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, Oluronbi was found guilty of rape and sexual assault against six young girls and the sexual assault of a boy.

Juliana was convicted of two counts of aiding and abetting the rape of a child and one count of aiding and abetting the rape of an adult.

The pair will be sentenced next month.

West Midlands Police released footage of the moment Oluronbi confessed.

In the video he claims that 'everything was just my fault' and that he 'wasn't mean't to be human.'

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These were sickening crimes committed against children who had put their trust in Oluronbi and looked up to him.

“I hope his conviction offers some closure to the victims and I would like to thank them for their bravery throughout the trial."

– West Midlands Police, Detective Inspector Dave Sproson: