West Michigan Priest Charged With Binding Young Boy
The Michigan Attorney General's Office has charged a Catholic Priest from Berrien County of holding a boy against his will with plastic wrap and tape.
According to WOOD, 57-year-old, Father Brian Stanley, of Coloma was supposed to be counseling a young boy and wound up holding him in a janitor's room in the St. Margaret's Church in Otsego. He wrapped the boys arms and legs with plastic wrap, tape and additional binding material. Then covered his eyes and mouth and left him there for over an hour
The M.A.G. Office says the crime was sexually motivated and was part of the documents seized from all Seven Michigan dioceses last year.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said, "This is about taking on large scale institutions that turn a blind eye to victims and making certain we hold them accountable, that includes unapologetically pursuing any and all individuals who abuse their power to victimize our residents."
According to authorities, Archdiocese records showed that Stanley had been doing these types of things to kids for decades.
Stanley is currently on $100,000 bond until arraignment.
If Stanley gets convicted, he is looking at 15 years in prison will have to register as a sex offender upon release.