Superior Court last week denied a request to send two child molestation cases back to Common Pleas Court, and an attorney for one of the defendants also filed a brief last week in which he stated his client’s case should be retried because of errors by the trial judge and because of new evidence found in a civil suit filed by the prosecution’s primary witness, a former Northeast altar boy.
— At St. Jerome Parish, no one wants to talk about the conviction of a priest and teacher in a sex-abuse scandal or how the church moves forward. Parishioners do have a lot to say about the good things going on at the church.
Jurors returned to their talks this morning in the case against the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and former teacher Bernard Shero. They are accused of sexually abusing an altar boy at St. Jerome's parish in Northeast Philadelphia in the late 1990s.
Jurors deliberated for a brief time this afternoon in the trial of a priest and an ex-Catholic school teacher charged with molesting the same Northeast Philadelphia schoolboy in the late 1990s.
The case against a former St. Jerome school teacher rests on the believability of a former Northeast man who testified Bernard Shero molested him in the late 1990s, a defense lawyer told jurors this morning.
An ex-priest’s testimony in the trial of two men accused of molesting a Northeast altar boy could fuel legal maneuvers to free Monsignor William Lynn, who was convicted last year in a history-making sexual abuse case.
“You know, don’t you, that your testimony is completely false?” a defense attorney on Wednesday asked a former Northeast man who had testified that two priests and a Catholic lay teacher had molested him when he was 10 and 11 years old.
An ex-priest who last year pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 10-year-old St. Jerome’s altar boy will testify for the prosecution in the trial of two other men accused of molesting the same child.