set to begin at Philly priest-abuse trial
March 5, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The defense is set to begin in
the trial of a priest accused of molesting an altar boy after a
Mass in 1997.
The Rev. Andrew McCormick has pleaded not guilty to the
alleged attack at a Roman Catholic parish in Northeast
The 26-year-old former altar boy says he thought he was
being punished because he was gay. He says he tried to hang
himself afterward, when he was 11.
But he has instead gone on to a successful retail career
after battling substance abuse.
The 57-year-old McCormick has been suspended from ministry
since 2011, following a less serious complaint about another
The defense argues that the trial accuser is the only
person to accuse McCormick of sexual abuse in the priest’s
30-year church career.