STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Mid-Michigan priest accused of sexual assault

A local priest is behind bars for claims of sexual assault crimes.Father Robert Deland, Jr. was first accused ...

Posted: Feb 26, 2018 11:56 AM
Updated: Feb 26, 2018 11:56 AM

A local priest is behind bars for claims of sexual assault crimes.

Father Robert Deland, Jr. was first accused of sexual assault in August of 2017 at his home on Mallard Cove in Saginaw Township, according to Det. Brian Berg with the Tittabawassee Township Police Department. A police investigation began that November.

"At no time were students or others in danger during this covert law-enforcement operation," Berg wrote in a press release.

Five complaints have been filed against Deland since then, including claims of giving alcohol to a minor, sexual assault, illegally purchasing and possessing Ecstasy, and gross indecency.

As a result, the 71-year-old Catholic priest is now banned from Freeland Community Schools and the CAN Council where he serves as a board member.

The incidents are still under investigation. Berg said once finished, the investigation will be turned over to the Saginaw County Prosecutor's Office for review.

Article Comments

Chico
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 72°
Oroville
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 69°
Paradise
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 72°
Chester
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 64°
Red Bluff
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 71°
Willows
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 72°
Cooler weather the next few days before we warm up again this weekend flirting with more record high temperatures. By next week we get even cooler but we also have the possibility of high fire danger next week.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events