Charge added against 80-year-old former Michigan priest

Michigan
Vincent DeLorenzo

A file mug shot of Vincent DeLorenzo.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors have added a sexual assault charge against a former Catholic priest, accusing him of abusing a 5-year-old boy after a family funeral in Genesee County in 1987.

Vincent DeLorenzo, who worked at several Michigan churches, was charged in May with criminal sexual conduct in other alleged incidents. The attorney general’s office said Tuesday that it filed an additional charge.

Michael Manley, an attorney for the 80-year-old, says DeLorenzo “maintains his innocence.”

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Left to right: courtesy photos of charged priests Patrick Casey, Vincent DeLorenzo, Neil Kaline and Jacob Vellian.

The alleged crime occurred more than 10 years ago, but Michigan’s statute of limitations is suspended when a defendant leaves the state for any reason.

DeLorenzo admitted when he resigned from a Flint-area parish in 2002 that he had sexually abused a child. He wasn’t charged at the time.

His next court date is Sept. 26.

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