Lawsuit against Father Bob, Saginaw Diocese moved to state court


May 1, 2018

By Cole Waterman

SAGINAW, MI — A lawsuit alleging the Rev. Robert J. “Father Bob” DeLand Jr. had groomed and molested a teenage boy has moved from the federal courts to the state level.

The lawsuit against DeLand, Bishop Joseph R. Cistone, and the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was originally filed in the federal courthouse in downtown Bay City on March 12. The suit was filed by attorney Todd J. Weglarz, of Southfield firm Fieger, Fieger, Kenney & Harington, on behalf of a minor identified as John Doe and an adult representative.

The lawsuit sought a judgment against the three defendants, jointly and severally, in excess of $75,000.

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