Edward Avery

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Social Worker Testifies About Accuser In Sex Abuse Case Against Philadelphia Priest, Teacher

A church social worker believed a longtime heroin addict was sober when he first accused two priests and a teacher of raping him, although the accuser attributes changes to his story to the fact he was high — and nearly “comatose” — that day.


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Admitted Pedophile Recants in Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Case

Defrocked priest Edward Avery pleaded guilty last year to sexually assaulting the same boy who has also accused the defendants now on trial: Father Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero.


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Accuser in Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Case Is Grilled By Defense Attorneys

Another former priest accused by the same man has since pleaded guilty.


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Money Is Motivating Phila. Priest Sex-Abuse Claims, Says Defense Attorney

It was attack and counterattack in a Philadelphia courtroom, as another case of alleged clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia begins.


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Alleged Clergy Sex Abuse Trial Scheduled To Begin

A priest and a former lay teacher at St. Jerome’s Parish in Northeast Philadelphia are scheduled to go to trial today on sexual assault charges.


(Msgr. William Lynn was convicted of child endangerment.  Edward Avery pleaded guilty to molesting a boy.  Photos from Phila. PD)

2012 Year in Review: The Philadelphia Clergy Child Sex Abuse Case

The trial evidence — a lot of it from the church’s own secret files — exposed sins committed over a period of decades by supposed men of God.


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Clergy Sex Abuse Trial Part 2 Delayed Indefinitely

The trial of two men, a priest and a lay teacher has been delayed indefinitely, because one of the defense attorneys suffered a death in the family and will be unavailable for several days.


(Msgr. William Lynn, with his attorneys, in 2012 file photo.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Monsignor Lynn’s Bail Release Request Denied

The prosecution called a defense request for bail pending appeal for Monsignor William Lynn a waste of the court’s time.


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3-6 Years in Prison For Monsignor Lynn

In a harshly worded statement, Judge Teresa Sarmina said that Msgr. William Lynn had allowed “monsters” in priestly garb to continue their crimes of assaulting children.


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Jurors Still Weighing Fate of Accused Priests in Philadelphia Clergy Sex Abuse Trial

Monsignor William Lynn is charged with endangering children while serving a secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Father James Brennan is charged with molesting a child.


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Life Intrudes On Philadelphia Jury Weighing Priest Sex Abuse Case

The jury won’t deliberate this Friday. They’ll resume late on Monday, and won’t work next Wednesday or Friday if they have still not reached verdicts by then.


(Msgr. William Lynn, with his attorneys, in 2012 file photo.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia Jury Continues To Weigh Fate of Priests Charged In Sex Case

The jury considering the Philadelphia clergy sexual abuse case posed more questions to the judge on Wednesday.


(Msgr. William Lynn, on his way into court with his attorney last April.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Jury Deliberations Begin In Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Trial

After all-day closing arguments on Thursday and instructions from the judge on Friday morning, the jury in the landmark clergy child sex abuse case began deliberations.


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Closing Arguments Underway In Clergy Sexual Abuse Case

Closing arguments got underway on Thursday in the landmark clergy sexual abuse case with Monsignor William Lynn charged with endangering children by allowing dangerous priests to remain in ministry.


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Defense Rests In Clergy Abuse Trial

The defense has rested in the clergy sexual abuse case, and closing arguments are expected tomorrow.