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Priests in sex abuse scandal face court dates this fall

Posted at 8:30 PM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 20:30:38-04

LANSING, Mich. — On Friday, the Catholic Diocese of Lansing released the names of priests accused of sexually abusing minors.

There were 17 priests named, of which eight are dead, according to the Diocese of Lansing’s list.

Among the nine still alive, the State Attorney General’s Office confirmed on Friday that two on the list from the Lansing area have court dates scheduled this fall, they are Timothy Crowley/b> and Vincent DeLorenzo.

The Michigan Attorney General, Dana Nessel, said, “The Lansing Diocese has taken an important step today by publicly sharing information about priests who have been credibly accused of abusing minors. We welcome this transparency by the Diocese and will continue to work on our own efforts to pursue justice for the victims of clergy abuse.”

After the release of the names, Nessel's office released an update on each of the charged defendants.

• Timothy Crowley – A preliminary exam is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Washtenaw County District Court. Defendant is out on bond with a tether.

• Patrick Casey – A trial is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in Wayne County Circuit Court. Defendant is out on bond.

• Brian Stanley – A preliminary exam is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the 57th District Court. Defendant is out on bond with a tether.

• Joseph Baker – A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Wayne County Circuit Court. The Defendant is out on bond with a tether.

• Vincent DeLorenzo – A preliminary exam is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Genesee County District Court. Defendant is out on bond.

• Neil Kalina – A preliminary exam was adjourned on August 27 in Macomb County District Court. At the court date, the defendant’s attorney requested that his client be evaluated to determine if he is competent to stand trial and if he was criminally liable at the time of the assaults. The defendant remains in Macomb County Jail.

• Jacob Vellian – Status unchanged.

Her office also said that in addition to the charged defendants, the Michigan Board of Counseling revoked the educationally limited counselor’s license of Lawrence Ventline, a former priest with the Archdiocese of Detroit accused of sexually assaulting a young boy.

That happened on September 6, Ventline was also fined $5,000.

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