Saginaw priest arrested for sex crimes again

Robert DeLand, a Saginaw priest who had been arrested and charged with sex crimes in March is now facing new charges. (Photo: Saginaw County Sheriff's Office)

SAGINAW, Mich. --Robert DeLand, a Saginaw priest who had been arrested and charged with sex crimes in March is now facing new charges.

The new charges include:

  • Second degree criminal sexual conduct
  • Second degree criminal sexual conduct causing personal injury
  • Controlled substance delivery
  • Contributing to a delinquency of a minor

DeLand was out on bond, but was arrested on Thursday.

He is expected to be arraigned on the new charges Friday.

DeLand’s attorney Alan Crawford has released a statement after the new charges were announced, which can be read below:

"The fact that Father Robert Deland is facing any charges is outright appalling. This investigation, these cases, are nothing more than a witch hunt. I am beyond shocked, not at what Father Deland did, but the manner in which the police department operated. There is no criminal activity. There is no criminal intent. This is a man of God that was doing his job of serving his community and helping those in need.

Furthermore, this case is the text book definition of entrapment. The police, of all people sent a troubled high school student undercover, that was already on probation, and attempted to use this teenager to seduce Father Deland.

The teenager and his family jumped at the opportunity because they viewed this as a pay day. It’s obvious, they were only concerned with money and rising from their current economic situation. They wasted no time hiring an attorney and filing a civil suit in federal court. For the family this is only about money.

This case is an atrocity. The lead detective was coaching the teenager and telling him things to do so they could CREATE a case against Father Deland. It’s disgusting. Even after months and months of this scheme, still no criminal activity. I’ve never seen anything like this. This is a true witch hunt. And now, the Prosecutors office has realized that their case isn’t as strong as they initially believed so they’ve added additional charges to make it appear as if they do have a case.

The other “alleged” victim’s claims are just as baseless. This an individual that had a .27 BAC and is saying whatever he can to also improve his financial situation.

This is an injustice. When all is said and done I am confident that Father Robert Deland will be exonerated."

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