Sentencing delayed for pair accused of molesting Northeast boy

The Rev. Charles En­gel­hardt and former teach­er Bern­ard Shero were con­victed in Janu­ary of sexu­ally as­sault­ing the same boy, who was a stu­dent at St. Jerome par­ish school in the late 1990s.

The sen­ten­cing of a priest and a former Cath­ol­ic school teach­er con­victed of mo­lest­ing a North­east al­tar boy, sched­uled for to­mor­row, has been post­poned un­til June 12, the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice an­nounced this af­ter­noon.

The Rev. Charles En­gel­hardt is fa­cing up to 37 years in pris­on, and former pa­ro­chi­al school teach­er Bern­ard Shero could get up to 57 years when sen­tenced by Com­mon Pleas Court Judge El­len Ceisler.

On Jan. 30, both men were con­victed of sexu­ally ab­us­ing the boy at St. Jerome’s par­ish in Holme Circle in the late 1990s.

En­gel­hardt, an Ob­late of St. Fran­cis De­Sales, was ac­cused of as­sault­ing the 10-year-old boy after he caught him sip­ping sac­ra­ment­al wine after a Mass at St. Jerome’s Church. Pro­sec­utors said Shero, a teach­er at the par­ish school, offered the boy a ride home in his car, and in­stead stopped at Pennypack Park and raped him in a park­ing lot. He then told the boy to walk home, ac­cord­ing to a grand jury re­port on the case.

Shero had faced five counts, and jur­ors found him guilty of all. En­gel­hardt was found guilty on all counts ex­cept one. The jury was un­able to reach a ver­dict on the charge of in­vol­un­tary de­vi­ate sexu­al in­ter­course of a child.

En­gel­hardt was con­victed of en­dan­ger­ing wel­fare of chil­dren, cor­rup­tion of minors, in­de­cent as­sault of a per­son less than 13 years of age and con­spir­acy.

Shero was con­victed of rape of a child, in­vol­un­tary de­vi­ate sexu­al in­ter­course with a child, en­dan­ger­ing wel­fare of chil­dren, cor­rup­tion of minors and in­de­cent as­sault of a per­son less than 13 years of age.

Both men have been in pro­tect­ive cus­tody since jur­ors an­nounced their ver­dicts.

No courtroom has been set for the new sen­ten­cing date.


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