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

Lansing Diocese Suspends Priest Over Assault Allegation

Catholic Diocese of Lansing

The Catholic Diocese of Lansing has suspended a senior priest from public ministry because of what it calls a "credible allegation" of sexual assault by an adult male from decades ago.


The diocese announced Monday it had suspended the Rev. Robert Gerl, who was not assigned to a parish since he's on senior status.

Diocesan spokesman Michael Diebold says Michigan State Police have seized Gerl's file as part of Attorney General Bill Schuette's investigation into possible sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Michigan.

Gerl does not have a published telephone number and he could not be reached for comment.

The diocese announced said last month it plans to invite an external agency to review how it handled sexual abuse allegations. Its report has not yet been published.

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.