Priest charged with harassing local TV newscaster
The Roman Catholic priest accused of stalking comedian Conan O’Brien has been arrested on charges of harassing another public figure, this time a local television newscaster.
David Ajemian, 49, allegedly violated a restraining order taken out against him by Anthony Everett, anchor of WCVB-TV’s nightly news show, “Chronicle.’’
The “harassment prevention’’ order was filed Nov. 10, said Cohasset police Lieutenant William Quigley.
Police arrested Ajemian in Cohasset at a parking lot on Sohier Street yesterday afternoon after they learned that the priest had been calling the station and trying to speak with Everett, Quigley said.
“We felt that he did pose a serious threat,’’ he said.
Ajemian was held on $25,000 cash bail, Quigley said. He was expected to stay overnight at the Cohasset police station and be arraigned today in Quincy District Court.
Ajemian was removed in June 2007 from his posting at St. Patrick Parish in Stoneham, where he had been for two years.
The Boston Archdiocese suspended Ajemian after he allegedly began writing to O’Brien in September 2006. The two men went to Harvard in the 1980s, but it is unclear if they knew each other.
Ajemian was arrested in 2007 in New York City after he tried to enter a studio where “Late Night with Conan O’Brien’’ was being taped, despite being warned to stay away by NBC security personnel. Ajemian eventually pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct.
In 2008, the Archdiocese said it had made further cuts to its support of Ajemian because the priest, against the advice of doctors and directives from Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, had left the out-of-state facility at which he was receiving mental health treatment.
It is unclear why he allegedly began stalking Everett, who lives in Cohasset.
Ajemian had recently checked into the Cohasset Harbor Inn, but Quigley said police do not know if he knew Everett’s address. Quigley said Ajemian came into the Cohasset police station Wednesday and asked officers to arrest him.
Ajemian told police Everett was planning to run a story about him and he wanted to find him so he could “tell his side of the story,’’ Quigley said.
“He stated that he wanted to be arrested,’’ Quigley said. “He figured that would get him publicity and get his story out there. What his story is, we don’t know.’’
Police did not arrest him then, but went looking for him yesterday after they learned he kept making phone calls to the news station in Needham.
WCVB president and general manager Bill Fine released a brief statement on behalf of Everett.
“Anthony Everett views this as a private matter and desires to protect the privacy of himself and his family,’’ Fine said. “He will have no further comment and would appreciate your understanding at this time.’’
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