Two views emerge in retrial of accused priest

Philadelphia Inquirer

LAST UPDATED: Thursday, February 26, 2015

A hung jury resulted last spring in the mistrial of Rev. Andrew McCormick on child sex-assault charges. Lawyers in the retrial that started this week spent parts of four days to select a jury before opening arguments could be heard Thursday afternoon.

The Common Pleas Court jury of 10 women and two men heard accusations of how McCormick, 58, abused a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Bridesburg.

Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp, in her opening statement, showed the jury an old photo of the boy while describing a troubled child who was victimized by a man of authority.

Trevan Borum, McCormick’s defense attorney, cautioned the jury from commiserating with the accuser, who will testify, and his family.

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