Pa. jury hears legal charge again in priest case
March 10, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia jury is reviewing legal instructions on the third day of deliberations in a priest's sexual-assault trial.
The Rev. Andrew McCormick is accused of molesting a 10-year-old altar boy in a rectory bedroom in 1997.
McCormick is the latest in a string of Philadelphia priests charged with child sexual assault. City prosecutors have been investigating the Roman Catholic church's handling of abuse complaints since 2002.
A change in Pennsylvania law has given them more time to pursue criminal charges in child-victim cases.
McCormick denies molesting anyone during his 30-year church career. He concedes that he was twice reprimanded by the archdiocese for his behavior around children.
The jury has been deliberating since Thursday afternoon.
The case involves St. John Cantius (KAN'-shush) parish, a large Polish congregation in northeast Philadelphia.