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Saginaw County priest wants more time to prepare sexual assault case

A Saginaw County priest accused of sexual assault wants more time to prepare his case. 71-year-old Fr Robert Deland is waving his rights to a preliminary hearing in 21 days. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

SAGINAW, Mich. – A Saginaw County priest accused of sexual assault wants more time to prepare his case.

71-year-old Fr Robert Deland is waving his rights to a preliminary hearing in 21 days.

He's charged with two cases of sexual assault while he was the pastor of St. Agnes Catholic Church.

The assistant prosecutor in the case says police are still getting calls about other suspects.

"We're looking right now at between 20 and 30 allegations against Fr. Deland and possibly others,” said Saginaw County assistant prosecutor Mark Gaertner.

When asked if those others were members of the Catholic clergy, Gaertner replied ‘yes’.

Deland is out of jail on a tether until his next court appearance.

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