January 28, 2013 |
JURY DELIBERATIONS began Friday afternoon in the trial of a Catholic priest and a former Catholic-schoolteacher who are accused of sexually assaulting the same altar boy in the late 1990s. The Common Pleas jury got the case after hearing closing arguments from Assistant District Attorney Mark Cipolletti and defense attorney Michael J. McGovern, who represents the Rev. Charles Engelhardt, 66. Defense attorney Burton Rose, who represents Bernard Shero, 50, gave his closing argument Thursday.
May 30, 2009 |
Msgr. Robert McDermott spun the steering wheel of his cramped tan Toyota and maneuvered through the Baldwin's Run affordable-housing development in East Camden. The streets looked like suburban Cherry Hill - neat, attractive, no graffiti, nothing like the drug-infested hell they replaced. For a quarter-century, the Catholic priest has performed a ministry of rehabilitation, stitching together the tattered neighborhoods of his native city. In East Camden - home to McDermott's St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral parish - the Baldwin's Run project he championed has doubled the area's property values, according to one city official.
April 14, 2000 |
Jake, Brian and Anna - the trio of childhood friends reunited in Big Apple dot-com country in Keeping the Faith - are full of themselves. In a good way. Jake Schram (Ben Stiller) is a funny, thirtyish rabbi who has enough trust in God, and his congregation, to compare the deity to Blanche Dubois (both rely on the kindness of strangers, he quips). Brian Kilkenny Finn (Edward Norton) is a Catholic priest who sprinkles his sermons with one-liners and speaks Spanish in the confession box. Anna Reilly (Jenna Elfman)
July 15, 2009 |
The Northeast Philadelphia man arrested Monday for impersonating a Catholic priest and deceiving the family of an injured police officer has also pretended to be a city firefighter, deputy chief of staff for Pennsylvania's speaker of the House, and president of his college's student body. Paul N. Schlear Jr., 26, has been charged with criminal trespass and false impersonation for presenting himself as a cleric at the hospital bedside of Officer Richard Hayes. Hayes suffered severe head injuries June 28 when he was struck by a car while on duty.
January 5, 2006 |
A local hospice provider yesterday dismissed a Catholic priest it had hired as a bereavement counselor, saying it did not know he was an accused sex abuser. Odyssey HealthCare of Philadelphia Inc., based in Blue Bell, said it immediately removed the Rev. Anthony J. Eremito, who is about 63, after learning that he had been suspended from ministry nearly four years ago by the Archdiocese of New York. "He was in our employment for about three months as a bereavement counselor or coordinator," said Brad Bickham, general counsel for Odyssey's parent company, based in Dallas.
June 27, 1996 |
A New Jersey man who posed as a priest and tricked more than 100 families in Puerto Rico into sending him money for phantom insurance payoffs on relatives who had died pleaded guilty yesterday to wire fraud. Adrian Rodriguez, 38, had citizens of Puerto Rico wire him a total of about $127,000 during the three years he operated the ruse, federal prosecutors said yesterday. Rodriguez admitted his guilt during a brief afternoon proceeding before U.S. District Court Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in a fifth-floor courtroom of the new federal courthouse at Fourth and Cooper Streets.
November 17, 2006 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced yesterday that the Vatican has laicized one of its former priests, Francis J. Gallagher, for sexually abusing minors. As a result, he may no longer function as a Catholic priest. Gallagher, who was removed from active ministry in 2002, had requested laicization, according to the archdiocese. He served in four parishes and two high schools of the archdiocese after he was ordained in 1973. Gallagher was identified in the 2005 Philadelphia grand-jury report on sex abuse in the archdiocese as an example of the archdiocese's mishandling of abusive priests.
August 7, 2012 |
A PHILADELPHIA judge on Monday denied bail to Monsignor William Lynn, the Catholic priest who was sentenced last month to serve three to six years in state prison for his role in enabling another priest to sexually abuse an altar boy. After a brief hearing, Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said Lynn, 61, had no constitutional right to receive bail while his case is being appealed. Lynn, who served as secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, was not at the hearing.
April 19, 1996 |
A Bucks County man has filed a civil suit charging he was sexually abused and molested during his childhood by a Catholic priest who took him under his wing. The suit seeks damages in excess of $50,000 against the Rev. Thomas Kohler, 54, and the archdiocese of Philadelphia on behalf of Kevin MacKenzie, 35, of Warminster. In an unrelated case, Kohler is under indictment in Cape May County on criminal charges involving a nude photo session with an underaged boy in 1994. The civil suit, filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, alleges that for a five-year period, from 1973 to 1978, the priest took the boy on numerous overnight trips, including a trip to Rome, where he was given alcohol, molested and shown pornography.
June 14, 2013 |
Even as they professed their innocence, a Catholic priest and an ex-parochial schoolteacher got long prison terms Wednesday in the serial sexual assault of a 10-year-old altar boy in the late 1990s. Common Pleas Court Judge Ellen Ceisler exceeded sentencing guidelines in handing out punishment to the Rev. Charles Engelhardt, 66, and Bernard Shero, 50, saying their crimes called for long terms. She sentenced Engelhardt to six to 12 years in prison and Shero to eight to 16. The sentences stunned the standing-room-only crowd that filled her courtroom.