He pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a boy in 1999, although five other accusers have come forward in recent years. The Rev. Charles Engelhardt, 65, and ex-teacher Bernard Shero, 49, have pleaded not guilty to charges that they raped Avery's victim.
The case is expected to hinge on the credibility of the accuser, a troubled 24-year-old policeman's son who said the three men passed him around for sexual gratification, starting when he was 10. He alleges that Engelhardt abused him first and that he told Avery, who then demanded his own "sessions" with the boy in the church sacristy at St. Jerome's in Northeast Philly.
Dunkin' Donuts heist
Police are searching for a man who robbed a Dunkin' Donuts in Logan Thursday morning.
"This is a stickup; give me two twenties out of the register," police said the robber told an employee of the store, on Broad Street near Wyoming Avenue, about 5:10 a.m.
The man fled with an undisclosed sum of money but was recorded on the store's surveillance system.
The robber is described as a thin black man about 5 feet 8 and about 165 pounds. He has a medium complexion and was wearing a dark shirt with yellow writing across the chest.
Tipsters are asked to call 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text information to PPDTIP (773847). Tipsters may also submit information online.
Biden at Shanksville
The National Park Service says Vice President Joe Biden will speak on Tuesday at the site in western Pennsylvania where a hijacked airplane crashed during the 2001 terror attacks.
The agency said Friday that Biden will deliver keynote remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville. The memorial honors the 40 passengers and crew members who died after some of them fought with the hijackers, preventing the plane from being diverted to crash in Washington, D.C.
Others expected to speak at the 9/11 event include Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the president of Families of Flight 93, Patrick White.
Ex-cop gets 10 years
Former Camden police Officer Antonio Figueroa, 36, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role in planting drugs on suspects.
He was convicted last year of conspiracy and of depriving others of their civil rights. Three other former officers pleaded guilty in the case. All of them testified against Figueroa and await sentencing.
The sentence handed down Friday by U.S. Judge Robert Kugler was the maximum he could give, despite a plea for leniency from Figueroa's attorney.
- Dan Gross, Phillip Lucas
and wire reports