Jury selected in Philly clergy sex-abuse trial
Testimony is expected to begin Monday in the trial of a Roman Catholic priest and a former Catholic school teacher accused of raping a former altar boy.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the final jurors were selected Wednesday in the trial for the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero.It’s a panel of eight men and four women.
The case was spun off from last year’s high-profile trial of a church official charged with helping the Philadelphia archdiocese cover up abuse complaints.
The 65-year-old Engelhardt and the 49-year-old Shero are charged with sexually assaulting the boy in the late 1990s. Both have pleaded not guilty. Their lawyers wanted them tried separately from the defendants in last year’s case.
The 61-year-old Rev. William Lynn is appealing his landmark conviction in that case.
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