Hearing for former priest postponed until August

FLINT — A hearing for a former Burton priest accused of sexually assaulting a young boy at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church has been postponed until early August.

Vincent DeLorenzo, 80, was arraigned last week in Genesee County District Court and was scheduled for a probable cause conference on June 27. The conference was postponed to allow time for additional discovery. DeLorenzo faces three counts each of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The charges stem from a man’s allegations that DeLorenzo assaulted him over a five-year period, beginning in 1995 when he was 5 or 6 years old and a student at Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Burton, according to officials. DeLorenzo began his position at Holy Redeemer in June 1988 and resigned in January 2002.

A former Flint Township man also accused DeLorenzo of molesting him over a five-year period in the late 1970s, beginning when he was 8 years old and a student at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Flint Township. After the man came forward, DeLorenzo read a letter at Good Friday services in 2002 admitting he had had inappropriate sexual contact with a minor, according to local news accounts. No charges were ever filed.

In 2004, another man accused DeLorenzo of sexual abuse during a May 1987 incident in a private residence. The man was 5 years old at the time, and DeLorenzo was a priest at St. Bellarmine Roman Catholic Church in Flushing. Noe charges were filed in that incident.

DeLorenzo was living in Florida when the Michigan Attorney General’s Office announced charges against him and four other priests on May 24. He was returned to Michigan and is free on a $90,000 bond. He has been ordered by the court to use no drugs or alcohol and to have no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18.