Mid-Michigan priest charged with sex crimes


February 26, 2018

By Rachel McCrary and Kate Nadolski

A local priest has gone before a judge, accused of multiple sex crimes.

Father Robert DeLand, Jr., a pastor at St. Agnes Church in Freeland, was arrested in the late hours of Feb. 25 after months of investigation.

DeLand, 71, was first accused of sexual assault in August of 2017 by a then 21-year-old man who claimed the incident happened at DeLand’s house on Mallard Cove in Saginaw Township, according to Det. Brian Berg with the Tittabawassee Township Police Department.

Police were then approached by a 17-year-old and his parents, concerned about the relationship developing between the teen and the priest.

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