A Catholic priest from Boston is under arrest, charged with stalking and harassing NBC late-night television star Conan O’Brien.
Father David Ajemian, 46, is undergoing psychiatric evaluation.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said the priest sent threatening postcards and letters to O’Brien’s home and to his office at 30 Rockefeller Plaza for more than a year, even though he was told to stop.
“I want a public confession before I ever consider giving you absolution – or a spot on your couch,” wrote David Ajemian, who signed the notes “Padre,” said Barbara Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney’s office.
Ajemian was arrested last week while trying to enter a taping session of NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, near where other NBC shows are taped and the famous Christmas tree is put up, Thompson said.
Court papers say Ajemian referred to himself as “your priest stalker” in one note and complained of not being allowed in to see an earlier taping of the O’Brien show.
“Is this the way you treat your most dangerous fans?” the note said.
The letters and e-mails, which started coming in September 2006, continued even after Ajemian was asked to stop and were “intended to cause annoyance and alarm,” Thompson said. The priest could face up to a year in prison if convicted on charges of aggravated harassment and stalking.
Ajemian also has been in contact with O’Brien’s parents, Thompson said.
The Archdiocese of Boston said in a statement that Ajemian had been placed on leave and was no longer allowed to minister publicly. O’Brien, a native of the Boston suburb of Brookline, Mass., has participated in fundraising activities for the archdiocese.
An NBC spokesman says O’Brien is not commenting on the incident.
A telephone message left Wednesday night at St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Church in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood, which Ajemian gave as his address, was not immediately returned.
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