- Associated Press - Thursday, April 5, 2018

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A Catholic priest in the Saginaw area is facing additional sexual assault charges.

The Rev. Robert DeLand was jailed Thursday on second-degree criminal sexual conduct and furnishing alcohol to a minor charges.

Defense attorney Alan Crawford tells The Saginaw News that the “charges are appalling” and called the investigation “a witch hunt.”

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DeLand of Freeland originally was charged in February with criminal sexual conduct for allegedly assaulting two males, ages 21 and 17. The 71-year-old DeLand pleaded not guilty. The diocese has suspended him and a second priest who hasn’t been charged.

Last month, police raided diocese offices, a bishop’s home and the rectory at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw.

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