Saturday, June 25, 2016

UPDATED::Fourth victim comes forward in case against Iron Range priest | KBJR 6 & Range 11 | KDLH 3: News, Weather, Sports for Duluth MN / Superior WI / Northland | Crime

UPDATE::  Jury acquits former priest of sexual misconduct
Not guilty was the verdict of a 12-member jury for the former Hibbing priest accused of sexual misconduct.

Brian M. Lederer, 30, was facing four counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree and two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree.
The alleged incidents occurred during the 2014-2015 school year after school hours at Assumption School. One incident took place in a residence, and other actions occurred on a school bus.
UPDATE:: Trial date set for Minnesota priest accused of abusing girls
A June trial date has been scheduled for a Hibbing priest accused of sexually abusing four girls.
A five-day trial for Brian Michael Lederer, 30, is set to begin June 13 in State District Court in Hibbing, according to court records.
Sixth Judicial District Judge David Ackerson previously denied a motion to dismiss the charges, and not guilty pleas were entered on Lederer's behalf on Nov. 30.

Authorities said four girls, ranging in age from 10 to 14, came forward to report incidents of inappropriate touching by Lederer, who worked at Blessed Sacrament Parish and the Assumption Catholic School.
UPDATE::  Hibbing priest seeks dismissal of child abuse charges

Similar to the dialogue thatof the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life is endorsing.  Not quite victim blaming, but damn close.  By casting a pall over the narrative of the child they seek to diminish the impact.
An attorney for the Hibbing priest accused of sexually abusing four girls is seeking to have his client's criminal charges dismissed, alleging that the case is the result of an overzealous prosecution fueled by the ongoing child sexual abuse controversy in the Catholic Church.

The Rev. Brian Michael Lederer, 29, faces seven felony charges related to the alleged inappropriate touching of the girls and possession of child pornography.

Lederer's defense attorney, Peter Wold of Minneapolis, contended in a motion filed last week in St. Louis County District Court that there is a lack of probable cause to substantiate the charges.

Wold said in a 17-page memorandum that the church has been "rocked" by abuse allegations, which he argued has led to a "cultural shift" in the perception of interactions between clergy and parishioners.

"Hugs are no longer gestures of caring, but sexual advances," Wold wrote. "Games played with kids are no longer innocent activities, but opportunities of sexual assault. But, the fear that an innocent touch is actually a sexual advance is not the standard in a criminal court. Real evidence that establishes a reasonable probability that a facially innocent act occurred with sexual intent must be presented."

Lederer was a parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing until he was charged in May.

 The Rev. Brian Lederer of Hibbing, Minn. (Forum News Service)
Another charge has been brought against a Hibbing, Minn., priest currently on administrative leave in light of a fourth victim coming forward.

Brian Lederer, 29, now faces six charges of criminal sexual conduct, as well as a charge of possession of child pornography.

Three victims were under 13, and another was under 16.

On Thursday the St. Louis County court approved adding a charge of criminal sexual conduct involving a fourth victim.

Child pornography was allegedly discovered on Lederer's personal computer, according the St. Louis County Attorney's Office.

Fourth victim comes forward in case against Iron Range priest | KBJR 6 & Range 11 | KDLH 3: News, Weather, Sports for Duluth MN / Superior WI / Northland | Crime

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