Street in New Freeland Development Named after Accused Priest Changing

March 14, 2018

The name of a new street in Freeland will most likely be changed as fallout from a sex abuse case involving a priest continues.

A new subdivision north of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Freeland has a road called DeLand Drive.

It was named for Robert DeLand, the pastor of the church since 2011. But he now faces sex assault charges and a federal civil lawsuit from one of his alleged victims.

The developer of the subdivision said he bought the land from the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw and one of the streets is named for DeLand.

But that developer now says since the sex abuse scandal came to light last month, the name of the street will be changed soon.








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