Archpriest Oleh Zhownirovych

  • Oleh Zhownirowych

Archpriest Oleh Zhownirovych is a priest in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Kyiv Patriarchate. He was employed at Ascension Orthodox Cathedral in Clifton, New Jersey, for more than a decade.

On October 19, 2016, Zhownirovych was charged with choking a 4-month old girl in Kansas. An additional charge of kidnapping was filed on December 7, 2016.

In December of 2017, the priest pleaded no contest to aggravated battery and intentional harm and battery. The charge of  aggravated kidnapping was dropped. Zhownirovych is scheduled to be sentenced in January of 2018.

On January 25, 2018, the priest was sentenced to serve consecutive sentences of 11 months in prison and six months in the Johnson County Jail.