Fourth victim comes forward in case against Iron Range priest

By Ramona Marozas
Northlands News Center
August 27, 2015

Hibbing, MN ( -- Another charge has been brought against a Hibbing, Minn., priest currently on administrative leave in light of a fourth victim coming forward.

Brian Lederer, 29, now faces six charges of criminal sexual conduct, as well as a charge of possession of child pornography.

Three victims were under 13, and another was under 16.

On Thursday the St. Louis County court approved adding a charge of criminal sexual conduct involving a fourth victim.

Child pornography was allegedly discovered on Lederer's personal computer, according the St. Louis County Attorney's Office.

The maximum punishment for the most severe charges of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree combined is 20 years behind bars, and possibly a fine of up to $40,000.

The suspect has since posted bond, and was freed from jail in May.

Lederer's next hearing has been set for October.


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