© 2022 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Saginaw-Area Priest Arrested On Assault Allegations

Police Lights
publicdomainpictures
/

Police in the Saginaw area have arrested a 71-year-old Roman Catholic priest who is accused of sexual assault.

Jail records show the Rev. Robert DeLand was arrested Monday. He's the pastor at St. Agnes Church in Freeland.

Police say they've received several complaints since August alleging assault, gross indecency, alcohol for a minor and possession of the Ecstasy drug.

No charges have been filed, although the Saginaw County prosecutor is reviewing police reports.

An email seeking comment was sent to the Catholic Diocese in Saginaw.

DeLand had been under surveillance since November, although police say kids were not in danger during the covert operation.

Related Content
News from WKAR will never be behind a paywall. Ever. We need your help to keep our coverage free for everyone. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. You can support our journalism for as little as $5. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.