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Priest, ex-teacher face time in Philly abuse case

 Bernard Shero (left) and Charles Engelhardt (right) will be sentenced June 12. (AP Photos, file)

Bernard Shero (left) and Charles Engelhardt (right) will be sentenced June 12. (AP Photos, file)

A Roman Catholic priest and former teacher face long prison terms when they are sentenced in a priest-abuse case that brought down a Philadelphia church official.

The Rev. Charles Engelhardt of Wynnewood and Bernard Shero of Levittown are due in court Wednesday.

A troubled policeman’s son accused Engelhardt, Shero and now-defrocked priest Edward Avery of raping him as a child in the 1990s.

All three men deny the allegations, even though Avery took a plea offer and the others were convicted of most charges at trial.

The 49-year-old Shero is being sentenced on rape, indecent assault and other charges.

The 66-year-old Engelhardt faces sentencing on indecent assault, corruption of a minor and conspiracy charges.

The complaint led to the conviction of Monsignor William Lynn, who had transferred Avery to the parish despite concerns he was a pedophile.

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