Jury done for weekend in Philly priest-abuse case

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Associated Press

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 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 — 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.

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