Michigan Attorney General Files Charges Against Priest
Friday, August 23, 2019

(LANSING) – A Catholic priest who has ties to Coldwater, is facing charges for allegedly tying up a boy in 2013.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday the arrest of 57 year old Father Brian Stanley of Coloma. He is charged with one count of False Imprisonment. That is a felony in Michigan and carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison, and requires registration on the sex offender list.

Stanley was arrested by Special Agents from the Attorney General's Office and is being held on $100,000 bond.

Nessel says Stanley is accused of taking a teenage boy and holding him against his will in a janitor's room of St. Margaret’s Church in Coloma in 2013. It's alleged that Stanley tied the boy up and then wrapped him in plastic wrap and used masking tape to cover his eyes and mouth. Stanley left the boy alone in the room for over an hour before eventually letting him go.

The Diocese of Kalamazoo said in a statement that they reported the allegation to Child Protected Services which prompted an investigation by the Otsego Police. Stanley was placed on administrative leave at the time. Otsego Police say the complaint was not criminal and there would be no charges.

Nessel says files seized from the Diocese in October 2018 shows the victim's family asked Stanley to counsel their son. Other files show that Stanley had been engaging in this type of conduct for decades, which is a sexually motivated crime.

The Diocese's statement also says four years after this incident in Coloma, they learned of additional allegations against Stanley while he was running the St. Charles parish in Coldwater. The incidents were reported to the Coldwater Police, but no charges were filed by law enforcement. Stanley was placed on administrative leave from active ministry in 2017. He remains on administrative leave and is prohibited from public ministry.

The Diocese says they remain steadfast in their commitment to promote greater protection and safeguards of all people, particularly children and vulnerable adults.