4 jurors picked in Philly clergy sex-abuse trial

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 8, 2013 5:52:06 AM PST
Jury selection continues in the trial of a Roman Catholic priest and a former Catholic school teacher accused of raping a former altar boy.

Four jurors were selected Monday on the first day of jury selection in the case against the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero. The case had been spun off from last year's high-profile trial of a church official charged with helping the Philadelphia archdiocese cover up abuse complaints.

The 65-year-old Engelhardt and the 49-year-old Shero are charged with sexually assaulting an altar boy in the late 1990s. Both have pleaded not guilty.

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.