Jury done for weekend in Philly priest-abuse case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) â€” The jury in a Philadelphia church-abuse trial will return Monday for a second day of deliberations in a case involving a priest and ex-teacher.
The jury of eight men and four women worked for less than two hours before adjourning Friday.
The jury must weigh the credibility of a 24-year-old heroin addict whose sex-abuse complaint took down a church official â€” and brought thousands of secret church files to light.
The policeman’s son came forward in 2009 with the stunning claim that he’d been raped by two priests and a teacher.
One ex-priest has pleaded guilty, while the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and ex-teacher Bernard Shero are on trial.
Defense lawyers noted the accuser’s changing story, and said no other students have accused their clients of abuse.