Assault trial begins for priest, teacher

In this Sept. 7, 2012, file photo, the Rev. Charles Engelhardt walks from the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia. Engelhardt went on trial Monday Jan. 14 on charges he raped an altar boy in northeast Philadelphia in the late 1990s. Engelhardt has pleaded not guilty. — AP PHOTO/MATT ROURKE, FILE

The trial began yesterday for a former Catholic school teacher and defrocked priest accused of sexually assaulting the same altar boy, a victim who allegedly was sexually abused by four different church officials starting in 1998 when he was 10 years old.

Bernard Shero, a former teacher, and Charles Englehardt, a former priest, have been charged with rape, sexual assault and related offenses. Monday’s trial is the second connected to the investigation of sexual abuse within the Philadelphia Archdiocese, an investigation that revealed a pattern of sexual assaults and efforts by ranking Church officials to cover up the abuse.

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