2 more to go on trial in Philly clergy-abuse case

64-year-old Charles Engelhardt faces charges of rape, indecent sexual assault and other criminal charges. Engelhardt, along with Avery, is accused of assaulting a 10-year-old boy at St. Jerome Parish from 1998 to 1999. If convicted he could face a maximum of 67 years in prison.
January 7, 2013 3:22:44 PM PST
A Roman Catholic priest and a former Catholic school teacher are set to go on trial on charges they raped a former altar boy.

Jury selection is to begin Monday in the case of the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero. It had been spun off from last year's high-profile trial of a church official accused of helping the Philadelphia archdiocese cover up abuse complaints.

The 65-year-old Engelhardt and the 49-year-old Shero have pleaded not guilty. They are accused of assaulting an altar boy from northeast Philadelphia in the late 1990s.

Their lawyers wanted them tried separately from the defendants in last year's case. The 61-year-old Rev. William Lynn is appealing his landmark conviction in that case, while serving a three- to six-year prison term.


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