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Priest who was Saginaw principal in ’80s accused of abuse

March 14, 2019

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Church leaders in the Saginaw Diocese say a priest who was a local school principal in the 1980s is on a list of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse.

Francis Landwermeyer died in September in Texas. The Saginaw Diocese says it learned Wednesday that he was accused of sexually abusing minors elsewhere, although his name was publicly disclosed by the Jesuit order in December.

Landwermeyer was principal of Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central High School from 1985 to 1988. The Saginaw Diocese says it’s not aware of any abuse allegations when he was at the school. But it’s encouraging people to contact authorities if they have information.

The Jesuits say Landwermeyer’s alleged abuse occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. He worked in many states. He quit the priesthood in 2011.

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