Diocese: Diocese of Duluth
Arrested 5/15, held on suspicion of sexual misconduct with minor. Released after posting bond. Associate pastor, Blessed Sacrament in Hibbing. Charged 8/27/15 with criminal sexual conduct with a fourth minor. All four were girls, ages 10-14, two of them sisters. Incidents said to have occurred during 2014-15. Lederer also charged with possession of child porn. A boy under age 10 told police Lederer showed him videos of nude people in a computer class; police found 5 images of suspected child porn on the priest’s computer. Jury trial 6/16; acquitted of abuse of the girls. Child porn charge dropped 10/16 for “insufficient evidence” that he viewed the child porn intentionally.
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