By Tony Hanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The accused and the accuser in the clergy abuse case were expected in court today.READ MORE: 17-Year-Old Latif Williams Turns Self In For Alleged Murder Of Temple Student Samuel Collington
A man who claims he was sexually assaulted by defendant Father James Brennan in 1996 was scheduled to testify.
The prosecution alleges the victim was 14 years old when he was sexually assaulted by Father James Brennan after years of grooming the victim and his family.READ MORE: Off-Duty Police Officer Shot Multiple Times In North Philadelphia, Police Say
The jury was expected to hear the alleged sordid details outlined in the grand jury report.
Father Brennan has pleaded not guilty. His attorney, William J. Brennan (no relation), told the jury in his opening statement that Father Brennan didn’t do anything wrong, and Brennan will challenge the alleged victim, highlighting his criminal history, including convictions for theft, forgery, and false reports to authorities.
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