Senior priest in Lansing Diocese defrocked after sexual assault claim

Posted at 12:07 PM, Oct 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 06:54:23-04

A senior priest in the Catholic Diocese of Lansing had is priestly faculties removed due to a credible allegation of sexual assault.

Rev. Robert Gerl is accused of sexually assaulting an adult male decades ago, the Diocese said in a statement.

The Diocese encourages anyone harmed by someone in the church to contact law enforcement, or Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, LMSW, at 888-308-6252, or by email at

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