|11-09-2007, 09:51 PM||#1|
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Priest stalks Conan O'Brien
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Boston priest who says he stalked popular U.S. television host Conan O'Brien since their days at Harvard University 25 years ago was declared fit to stand trial on Friday on stalking and harassment charges.
The Rev. David Ajemian, 46, of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston was arrested a week ago trying to enter a taping of O'Brien's show, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," at NBC studios in Manhattan.
He was charged with one count of stalking O'Brien and two counts of aggravated harassment.
In court documents, Ajemian said he had gone after another celebrity figure from his past who the priest said assaulted him in seventh grade: tennis champion John McEnroe.
The Manhattan Criminal Court found Ajemian fit to stand trial after a psychological evaluation and the judge set a $2,500 cash bail for him, the district attorney's office said.
The priest's lawyer told the court Ajemian had long battled psychiatric problems, local media reported.
Court papers include postcards and letters that prosecutors say were written by Ajemian. Signed "Padre," they were sent to the 44-year-old O'Brien's home and the NBC studios from September 2006 until November this year even after he was advised to cease contact with the TV presenter.
But in one letter, he wrote that he had been "tracking you through space and time, from Mather House," referring to a Harvard dormitory.
A Harvard spokeswoman confirmed both men attended the university, with Ajemian graduating in 1983 and O'Brien in 1985.
The letter demanded O'Brien make a "public confession before I even consider giving you absolution" but made no reference to what he wanted him to confess.
In other letters, Ajemian said he previously "went after my childhood nemesis John McEnroe," saying the tennis player was a fellow student at Trinity School, Manhattan, and assaulted him in seventh grade when he refused to give him his seat.
In the letters, Ajemian described himself as O'Brien's "priest-stalker" and voiced anger that he had been refused entry to a taping of O'Brien's show.
"Is this the way you treat your most dangerous fans??? ... You owe me big time pal," the note said.
The Archdiocese of Boston said it placed Ajemian on leave after his arrest but was making no other comment.
|11-09-2007, 09:53 PM||#2|
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Tracking you through space and time!!!!!! That's frigging priceless.
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