Saginaw-area priest suspended amid abuse allegations

Associated Press

Saginaw – A 72-year-old Roman Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse has been suspended in the Saginaw area.

The suspension, announced Saturday, is described by the diocese as a “precautionary measure.” No charges have been filed.

Church officials say they were contacted by a man last Thursday. He told officials that he was a boy at the time of the alleged conduct.

Another priest in the Saginaw diocese has been charged with sexual misconduct. The Rev. Robert DeLand is awaiting a court hearing that will determine whether there’s enough evidence to send his case to trial.

DeLand was pastor at St. Agnes Church in Freeland.