Jury Finds Iron Range Priest "Not Guilty" in Child Sex Abuse Case
By Ramona Marozas
Northlands News Center
June 20, 2016
A jury has acquitted a Hibbing priest accused of molesting four girls.
Jurors deliberated about two hours on Monday before finding 30-year-old Brian Lederer not guilty on all counts.
Lederer was facing four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, all felonies.
The alleged incidents happened during the 2014-2015 school year after hours at Assumption Catholic School.
Prosecutors said another incident happened at a home and others on a school bus.
Defense attorney Peter Wold said the jury reached the right verdict given the evidence.
Prosecutor Jeff Vlatkovich called the verdict disappointing, and praised the girls for testifying.