No Verdict in Priest's Sex-assault Trial
March 10, 2014
A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury will resume deliberations Tuesday in the sex-assault trial of Rev. Andrew McCormick, a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy at a Northeast church in 1997.
The jury of nine women and three men ended a second full day of deliberations Monday without a verdict. The jurors began their day having Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright reinstruct them in the law.
McCormick, 57, is charged in five counts involving sexual assault, child endangerment, and corrupting minors in an incident that allegedly occurred when McCormick was a priest at St. John Cantius Church in Bridesburg.
McCormick, ordained in 1982, was pastor of Sacred Heart parish near Bridgeport, Montgomery County, when he and 26 Catholic priests were suspended in March 2011 by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for possible inappropriate conduct with children. - Joseph A. Slobodzian