Northeast Times

Sentencing postponed in molestation case

The sen­ten­cing of a priest and a former Cath­ol­ic school­teach­er, who were con­victed of mo­lest­ing a North­east al­tar boy, has been post­poned un­til June 12, the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice an­nounced.

The Rev. Charles En­gel­hardt is fa­cing up to 37 years in pris­on, and former teach­er Bern­ard Shero could get up to 57 years when sen­tenced by Com­mon Pleas Court Judge El­len Ceisler. The men had been sched­uled for sen­ten­cing on April 18.

On Jan. 30, both men were con­victed of sexu­ally ab­us­ing the same boy at St. Jerome’s par­ish in Holme Circle in the late 1990s. Shero had faced five counts, and jur­ors found him guilty of all of them. 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 Phil­adelphia jail since jur­ors an­nounced their ver­dicts. No courtroom has been set for the new sen­ten­cing date. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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