Openings set in latest Philadelphia priest-abuse trial

PHILADELPHIA - February 27, 2014

The accuser says he was sexually assaulted after Mass in 1997 by the Rev. Andrew McCormick.

McCormick was suspended from the Philadelphia archdiocese over a less serious allegation when he was arrested in 2012.

The 57-year-old priest's lawyer says the charges stem from one encounter with a lone accuser.

Philadelphia prosecutors have been investigating priest-abuse reports in Philadelphia for a decade, and have gained several sex-abuse convictions.

Authorities say McCormick regularly took boys on trips to Poland during his three decades as a Philadelphia-area priest.

The trial accuser says he was assaulted at St. John Cantius in northeast Philadelphia.

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