AG presses new charge on priest, accused of assaulting boy after funeral

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

An 80-year-old retired priest who worked out of Lansing, one of the earliest to face charges in Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's probe of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, was charged Tuesday with another count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Nessel alleges Vincent DeLorenzo assaulted a 5-year-old boy in Genesee County, after DeLorenzo officiated a funeral service for one of the boy's family members in 1987.

Vincent DeLorenzo

In a statement, the attorney general cites the fact that the state's statute of limitations doesn't count years that a suspect has been outside the state and "resumes if and when the defendant returns."

Tuesday's charge brings the total to four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for DeLorenzo, who is also facing two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

He is due for a probable cause conference on all charges on 1 p.m. Thursday, Nessel said.

Nessel has urged Catholic Church officials in Michigan to "stop self-policing" abuse claims, and urged parishioners to take their complaints to investigators, not church officials.