Authorities investigating 20 to 30 sexual abuse complaints against Saginaw church officials

Authorities investigating 20 to 30 sexual abuse complaints against Saginaw church officials

By Terry Camp, March 12, 2018, ABC 12

SAGINAW (WJRT) (3/12/2018) - Sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw may extend beyond the Rev. Robert DeLand.

The 71-year-old DeLand is accused in two sexual abuse complaints brought by a 17-year-old from Tittabawassee Township and a 22-year-old from Saginaw Township. He was arrested Feb. 25.

Since the arrest, authorities have received 20 to 30 more credible allegations of sexual abuse involving DeLand and possibly other Catholic church officials, said Saginaw County Assistant Prosecutor Mark Gaertner.

He did not name any of the clergy from the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw named in the other complaints.

DeLand appeared in court Monday for a conference to see whether he and his attorney are ready for a preliminary hearing later this month. They asked for and received a delay.

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  • commented 2018-03-15 10:26:38 -0500
    Can anything good come from Saginaw? The last two bishops of the diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA were from Saginaw. These two scum-bags: Adamec and Bartchak, presided over the sexual abuse of hundreds of Central Pennsylvania children by THEIR priests. And they did absolutely nothing to stop it. Neither did they think that they did anything wrong. Neither does Bartchak do anything to help the hundreds of survivors because the SOL has passed. I always knew that Saginaw reeked the stench of sexual abuse of children and these two guys-Adamec and Bartchak likely know a lot about the sexual abuse of children by priests at Saginaw.