A suspended priest won’t be retried until next year on child sexual-assault charges because both the Philadelphia judge and his new defense lawyer are booked until then.
The Rev. Andrew McCormick faces a February retrial after a jury this spring deadlocked on charges he assaulted a 10-year-old boy in 1997.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that prosecutors pushed Thursday to have the case resolved this year.
However, Common Pleas Judge Gwendolyn Bright said the delay is unavoidable.
The 58-year-old McCormick is now represented by defense lawyer Trevor Borum.
The Roman Catholic priest has pleaded not guilty to attacking the altar boy at a northeast Philadelphia rectory.