2nd Philly priest-abuse trial set for Oct. 22

    The rape trial of a Roman Catholic priest and a former Catholic school teacher has been rescheduled for next month before a new judge.

    The Rev. Charles Engelhardt and ex-teacher Bernard Shero are charged with raping the same boy in the late 1990s at a Northeast Philadelphia parish.

    Defrocked priest Edward Avery is in prison after admitting he sexually assaulted the boy. Prosecutors disclosed Friday they’ve subpoenaed Avery to testify at the upcoming trial.


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    The 65-year-old Engelhardt and 49-year-old Shero have pleaded not guilty. Engelhardt’s lawyer says his trial defense will take more than a week.

    The trial, delayed this week, is now set for Oct. 22 before Common Pleas Judge Ellen Ceisler.

    The trial is expected to hinge on the credibility of the accuser, a troubled 24-year-old policeman’s son.

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