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UPDATE REGARDING FATHER BRIAN LEDERER

May 7, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2015

UPDATE REGARDING FATHER BRIAN LEDERER

We are continuing to closely monitor the situation involving Father Brian Lederer. We’ve also been in contact with the civil authorities to offer them our full cooperation in their investigation.

In light of the serious allegations against him and in keeping with our safe environment policies and procedures, Father Lederer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the legal process. While on leave, he is not allowed to minister as a priest and or have contact with anyone under age 18.

Much still remains unknown, and we continue to learn about the circumstances that led to Father Lederer’s arrest. Diocesan officials were not aware of any allegations against him prior to his arrest.

“We are all saddened by these events and especially for anyone who may have been hurt by sexual abuse,” said Father James Bissonette, vicar general of the diocese. “We remain absolutely committed to assisting victims, to ensuring justice is done and to doing all in our power to make our parishes and schools safe places for children.”

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