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March 13, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AFTER A JURY reported that it was hopelessly deadlocked, a judge declared a mistrial yesterday in the retrial of a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997 in the rectory at St. John Cantius Parish in Bridesburg. It marks the second time that Common Pleas Judge Gwendolyn Bright has declared a mistrial in the case of the Rev. Andrew McCormick. Exactly a year ago, on March 12, 2014, a different jury was deadlocked after 4 1/2 days of deliberations.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second time in 12 months, a Philadelphia jury was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of a Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy almost 18 years ago in a Bridesburg parish. The Common Pleas Court jury of 10 women and two men hearing the trial of the Rev. Andrew McCormick, 58, announced Wednesday that it was hung. The mistrial came one day shy of a year since the last mistrial. McCormick's face reddened as he heard the foreman respond "no verdict" to each of the five counts against him: involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, child endangerment, corruption of a minor, and indecent assault of a minor under 13. But afterward, the priest of 33 years seemed upbeat, wishing court staff a happy Easter as he signed a subpoena to appear at an April 10 hearing.
NEWS
March 8, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
He ate two cookies - light vanilla coating with cream filling - drank a Dr Pepper, and counted to himself as the Rev. Andrew McCormick unfastened the 33 buttons on his cassock one by one. A 27-year-old man recounted that vivid memory from the witness stand this week, describing the moments before McCormick allegedly sexually assaulted him about 18 years ago. And as jurors began deliberating the suspended priest's fate Friday, their decision could...
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A lawyer for a suspended Chester County priest "emphatically denied" accusations that his client abused three young parishioners as a federal judge ordered the man detained Wednesday on separate child pornography charges. The mounting allegations against Mark Haynes prompted U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel to reverse a lower court's decision releasing the priest. Stengel said the allegations, if true, establish a "consistent pattern of predatory conduct toward minor children.
NEWS
March 5, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
New allegations have surfaced against a suspended Chester County Catholic priest facing federal child-pornography charges, this time involving three parishioners who say he molested them in the 1990s. The latest accusations, including one from a female who said he forced her to perform oral sex in a Phoenixville church confessional booth, were revealed Tuesday as prosecutors sought to keep the Rev. Mark Haynes behind bars until his trial. So far, Haynes, formerly assigned to SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown, has not been charged with sexual abuse.
NEWS
March 5, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bucks County priest removed from ministry last month was placed on leave because it was discovered that a trove of pornographic images he had downloaded in 2005 may have included up to a dozen photos of minors, the archdiocese said in a statement Tuesday. The Rev. Louis J. Kolenkiewicz, 47, most recently of St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland, had been disciplined in 2005 and 2011 for downloading pornography, Archdiocese of Philadelphia spokesman Ken Gavin said. But recently, Gavin said, the Bucks County District Attorney's Office - which had investigated the previous cases but declined to press charges - told the archdiocese that among the 12,000 images Kolenkiewicz downloaded in 2005, up to 12 may have depicted juveniles.
NEWS
February 28, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A hung jury resulted last spring in the mistrial of the Rev. Andrew McCormick on child sex-assault charges. Lawyers in the retrial that started this week spent parts of four days to select a jury before opening arguments could be heard Thursday afternoon. The Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury of 10 women and two men heard accusations that McCormick, 58, abused a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Bridesburg. Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp, in her opening statement, showed the jury an old photo of the boy while describing a troubled child victimized by a man of authority.
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer stewarr@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
A PHILADELPHIA Catholic priest took advantage of a quiet kid when he allegedly molested a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997, a prosecutor told a Common Pleas jury yesterday. The Rev. Andrew McCormick, 58, is being retried a year after a jury remained deadlocked after more than four days of deliberations. McCormick is accused of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, endangering the welfare of a child and indecent assault of a child under 13 years of age, among other charges. In her opening statement yesterday, Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp said that McCormick had "picked and targeted [the victim]
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When Torn Between 2 Fathers attacks the cycle of absentee fatherhood with sympathy, disgust, and inspiration at the Merriam Theater this week, it will be another victory for the play's writer, director, and costar Priest Tyaire. The 41-year-old Delaware native started his theater career from scratch at the age of 34 with Tears of a Teenage Mother , intending it only as a tribute to his mother, who had her first child at 15 and went on to earn a master's degree. But it sold out its several performances, so Tyaire kept writing.
NEWS
February 17, 2015 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has placed a Bucks County priest on administrative leave while it reviews allegations against him. The archdiocese said Sunday it had placed the Rev. Louis J. Kolenkiewicz, 47, on leave, "in an abundance of caution. " Archbishop Charles J. Chaput took the action in response to new information stemming from allegations that were investigated twice before, in 2005 and 2011. The archdiocese did not disclose details of the allegations but said Kolenkiewicz was alleged to have violated ministry standards regarding the boundaries of appropriate behavior for interacting with children and young people.
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