Fr. Robert DeLand, Jr.

Ordained: 1973
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Saginaw MI

Arrested 2/25/18. Suspended. Police report 8/17 of sex assault of a 21-year-old man. Parents of a boy, age 17, told police concerns re DeLand and their son. Arrested after boy went undercover. Gave boy alcohol and ecstasy. “Nearly half a dozen” more people reported to police attempted and actual sex abuse, some 3 decades prior; some minors, at least one girl. Diocese knew of “rumors” in 1992. Investigated by diocese 2005 after woman reported her brother, who died by suicide in 1993, may have been abused in 1970s. Deemed “unfounded.” Suit filed 3/18 by boy, age 17. Arrested 4/18; some charges re alleged sex assault of a 17- or 18-year-old male in 5/17. His father says he reported incident to diocese, but no response. Pled no contest 9/18 in plea deal. Withdrew plea weeks later. Acquitted in 3/19 of assault of two teens. Pled no contest to earlier withdrawn plea, avoiding trial. Sentenced in 4/19 to 2 to 15 years in prison. Case sent to Vatican. Likely to be released on parole in 4/21.

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