Prosecutor: Hibbing MN priest aggressively targeted girls
By Tom Olsen on Nov 19, 2015 at 7:23 p.m., Duluth News Tribune
A prosecutor has fired back against a Hibbing priest who is seeking to have his child sexual abuse charges dismissed, alleging that evidence shows the Rev. Brian Michael Lederer demonstrated a pattern of targeting young girls.
Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Jeff Vlatkovich said in a 13-page letter to 6th Judicial District Judge David Ackerson that allegations of inappropriate touching made by four girls, along along with suspected child pornography recovered from Lederer's computer, point to "an aggressive and/or sexual intent."
"The defendant's conduct for a 28-year-old man can only be viewed as designed to obtain some sort of sexual gratification," Vlatkovich wrote.
Lederer, who worked at Blessed Sacrament Parish and Assumption Catholic School in Hibbing, faces seven felony charges related to the alleged inappropriate touching of the girls and possession of child pornography.
His attorney, Peter Wold of Minneapolis, filed a motion last month seeking . . .
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Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
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