2nd Priest Sex Abuse Trial Postponed

Jury selection for the men accused of raping a 10-year-old boy was supposed to begin Tuesday.

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012  |  Updated 10:07 AM EDT
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2nd Priest Sex Abuse Trial Postponed

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Jury selection for the second priest sex abuse trial has been postoned after a lawyer in the case had a death in the family, according to the Associated Press.

The trial was set to begin in Philadelphia Tuesday. The new date will be scheduled at a status hearing on Friday.

Rev. Charles Engelhardt and former teacher Bernard Shero are charged with raping the same altar boy in the late 1990s in northeast Philadelphia.
 
Their accuser, a then 5th grade student at St. Jerome's, was a key witness at Monsignor William Lynn's trial. In June, a jury convicted Lynn of child endangerment for failing to oust then-priest Edward Avery after a 1992 complaint. Avery admits sexually assaulting the boy in 1999.

The same man says Shero and Engelhardt also assaulted him.

Shero is seeking to exclude any evidence at trial of a recent suicide attempt.

Lynn is serving three to six years in prison. A judge denied him bail while he appeals.

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