2nd Priest Sex Abuse Trial Starts Monday

The case against a Catholic priest and an ex-Catholic school teacher marks the second trial stemming from a landmark investigation of priest sex abuse in the Philly Archdiocese.

Monday, Jan 14, 2013  |  Updated 6:14 AM EDT
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2nd Priest Sex Abuse Trial Starts Monday

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Left: Charles Engelhardt, Right: Bernard Shero.

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Trial is expected to begin Monday for a Roman Catholic priest and a former Catholic school teacher accused of raping a former altar boy.

It marks the second trial to stem from a landmark investigation of priest sexual abuse in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. The case was spun off from last year's high-profile trial of a church official charged with helping the Philadelphia archdiocese cover up abuse complaints.
 
In this case, the accuser says he was abused by two priests and his sixth-grade teacher in the late 1990s. One has pleaded guilty, while the others are fighting the charges. The Rev. Charles Engelhardt and former teacher Bernard Shero are charged with sexually assaulting the boy; both have pleaded not guilty.
 
A jury of eight men and four women was selected last week.
 

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