Priest, ex-teacher face sex trial in Philadelphia

Priest, ex-teacher face sex trial in Philadelphia

Priest, ex-teacher face sex trial in Philadelphia

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Associated Press

Posted on January 13, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 13 at 1:43 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The second trial to stem from a landmark investigation of priest sexual abuse in the Philadelphia Archdiocese is set to start Monday.

The accuser says he was abused by two Roman Catholic priests and his sixth-grade teacher in the late 1990s. One has pleaded guilty, while the others are fighting the charges at trial.

The young man's credibility is expected to be the crux of the case.

A policeman's son, he's battled drugs and alcohol and been arrested for petty crimes.

The 24-year-old testified at last year's trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the first U.S. church official convicted over his handling of priest abuse complaints. But the accuser wasn't cross-examined.

That's not likely to be the case this week, when the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and former teacher Bernard Shero go on trial.

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