Jury complete in priest sex-abuse case

Posted: March 01, 2012

THE FINAL juror was selected yesterday to hear the child-sexual-abuse trial of two current Philadelphia Catholic priests and one former priest.

Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina and the trial's attorneys must now select 10 alternate jurors. The trial is expected to last 12 to 16 weeks. Opening arguments are slated for March 26.

Monsignor William Lynn, 61, is charged with child endangerment and conspiracy for allegedly enabling the crimes of predator priests.

The Rev. James Brennan, 48, and ex-priest Edward Avery, 69, are charged with raping separate boys. All three men have pleaded not guilty.

-Mensah M. Dean

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