Jury trial begins for Iron Range priest accused of criminal sexual conduct

By Ramona Marozas
Northlands News Center
June 14, 2016

Hibbing, MN ( -- A five-day jury trial of a Hibbing, Minn., priest, who is currently on administrative leave, began on Tuesday.

Jurors were selected for the case in which Brian Lederer faces six charges of criminal sexual conduct, as well as a charge of possession of child pornography.

Three of the 30-year-old's alleged victims were under 13, and another was under 16, according to the St. Louis County Attorney's Office.

Child pornography was also allegedly discovered on Lederer's personal computer.

The maximum punishment for the most severe charges of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct is 20 years in prison, and a possible fine of up to $40,000.


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