The Philadelphia rape trial of a Rev. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero, a former Catholic school teacher, is finally set to begin next week. According the Philadelphia District Attorney’s site, it opens Monday, Jan. 7 – most likely with jury selection.
Last year, their case was severed from that of Msgr. Lynn, who is now appealing his child-endangerment conviction. He begins a three- to six-year prison term.
Engelhardt, who was a priest at St. Jerome Parish in northeast Philadelphia, and Shero, a teacher at the parish school, were charged with rape, indecent sexual assault and other criminal charges. They have both pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a former altar boy in the 1990s.
If you have time, please attend the trial to support their accuser when he testifies. “Billy” is a 24-year-old son of a policeman and was in sixth grade when the alleged abuse took place. More details will follow.