Diocese Issues Statement Ahead of Former Priestís Parole
By James Felton and Brianna Owczarzak
February 15, 2021
A former priest imprisoned for sex crimes against children is now preparing for parole.
Robert DeLand was sentenced to prison on several charges in 2019 after three young men accused the former priest of sexual assault. DeLand pleaded no contest to second-degree criminal sexual conduct causing personal injury. He also entered a no contest plea to gross indecency between two males, and delivery of an imitation controlled substance.
He was sentenced to two to 15 years in prison.
On Feb. 15, the Diocese of Saginaw issued the following statement: