Hibbing-based priest arrested; Accused of sexual misconduct with minors

Hibbing Daily Tribune
May 6, 2015

Brian M. Lederer

HIBBING — An associate pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing has been arrested and is being held on suspicion of sexual misconduct.

Brian M. Lederer, 29, was arrested by the Hibbing Police Department and booked into the St. Louis County Jail Tuesday evening, according to the jail roster report.

He was being held with probable cause on an anticipated charge of felony criminal sexual conduct in the second degree.

Lederer was ordained in June 2012 and is parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing, the Diocese of Duluth confirmed in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

“While the circumstances leading to his arrest are currently unknown to us and while we believe Father Lederer is entitled to the presumption of innocence, we take this development very seriously and are monitoring it closely,” said Kyle Eller, director of communications for the Diocese of Duluth. “We will cooperate fully with civil authorities in any investigation, and as more facts emerge in this case, we will uphold our responsibilities to civil law, to church law and under our policies and procedures for the protection of young people. We continue to pray for all those affected by sexual abuse and urge anyone who has been a victim of it to come forward to church authorities and to civil authorities.”

The Hibbing Police Department had no comment.

Lederer has yet to be arraigned.




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