2018-03-08 / News Briefs

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Freeland priest charged with sexual assault

Rev. Robert DeLand of St. Agnes Church, 300 Johnson St, Freeland, was arrested on Sunday, Feb. 25 with charges of sexual assault against two males, a 17-year-old high schooler and a 21-yearold.

The arrest occurred after an undercover operation involving the 17-year-old victim. The investigation into DeLand began in August of 2017 and is ongoing, police said. Deland has been released from court with a GPS tether until further court dates.

According to a statement from the Diocese of Saginaw the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, placed DeLand on administrative leave from active ministry immediately after learning of his arrest.

DeLand is also banned from wearing clerical garb or presenting himself publicly as a priest.

The Diocese will perform its own internal investigation once the criminal investigation is completed, so as not to obstruct the criminal investigation.

County spelling bee to be held today

The 43rd annual Saginaw County Spelling Bee will be held today, March 8, at Malcolm Field Theater at Saginaw Valley State University.

Registration will be from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m., with the welcome at 4:30 p.m., the spellers identifying themselves at 4:45 p.m., and round one beginning at 5 p.m. The presentation of awards is slated for 7 p.m.

Except for starting time, all times are approximate. Contest officials will attempt to abide by the schedule as closely as possible.

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