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. ••