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Michigan priest accused of binding teen

ALLEGAN (AP) — A priest wrapped a teen boy in plastic and tape and left him in a janitor’s room for more than an hour at a Michigan church, prosecutors alleged Thursday as they filed a charge of false imprisonment.

The alleged incident occurred in 2013. But the attorney general’s office, citing records from the Kalamazoo Diocese, said the Rev. Brian Stanley “had been engaging in this type of conduct with the binding materials for decades.”

Stanley, 57, was in custody and not immediately available for comment. He appeared via video feed for a hearing in Allegan and was formally charged with unlawful imprisonment.

He was being held on $5,000 bond and ordered to have no contact with minors as a condition of his bond.

The attorney general’s office said the incident occurred at St. Margaret Church in Otsego where Stanley had been asked by the boy’s family to counsel him.

Investigators said the teen was wrapped in plastic and his mouth and eyes were covered with tape.