Motions to dismiss charges against local priest accused of sexual assault denied
August 06, 2018
A local priest facing accusations of sexual misconduct appeared in court Monday morning.
A judge heard several motions on Father Robert DeLand's case.
DeLand was arrested back in February on claims of assaulting two men - a then 21-year-old who said he was intoxicated when DeLand made sexual advances towards him, and a then 17-year-old who went undercover for police when he claimed assault.
In April, a judge found there was enough probable cause to move those separate cases to trial.
DeLand's attorney has called it a "clear case of entrapment."
On Monday, DeLand's attorney called for the charges to be dismissed on a number of grounds including religious discrimination and entrapment.
All motions to dismiss the charges against DeLand were denied.
The case will move forward as three separate trials.