Priest in abuse case ‘will never be looked at’ the same
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Catholic priest in the Saginaw area will be considered a “sex offender for the remainder” of his life, even if he doesn’t go to prison.
Authorities held a news conference Wednesday, a day after the Rev. Robert DeLand pleaded no contest to criminal sexual conduct and six other charges. He’s expected to serve a year in jail.
Assistant prosecutor Melissa Hoover says being labeled a sex offender is like a “life sentence” for DeLand. She says the priest “will never be looked at in this community the same as he once did.”
The 71-year-old DeLand was known as Father Bob. He was pastor at St. Agnes Church in Freeland. The victims were three males.
A no-contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.