Mistrial declared in Philly priest sex-abuse case
March 12, 2014
|The Rev. Andrew McCormick, right, walks from the center for criminal justice Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Roman Catholic priest accused of molesting an altar boy briefly took the stand Wednesday to deny the 1997 encounter, but acknowledged being reprimanded twice for having children in his private living quarters.|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a Roman Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting an altar boy.
The ruling Wednesday came after jurors said they were deadlocked. They've been deliberating since last week.
The 26-year-old accuser testified he was sexually assaulted in a rectory bedroom by the Rev. Andrew McCormick in 1997.
McCormick denies the allegations. He has been suspended from the church since 2011 over complaints about his behavior around children.
The case involves McCormick's time at a Polish parish in northeast Philadelphia. A small but loyal group of parishioners has attended the trial to support him.
Prosecutors plan to retry McCormick. He remains free on bail and is due back in court on April 28.