Guilty verdicts in priest sex abuse trial

A jury has found a Catholic priest and a former parochial school teacher guilty of charges involving the serial sexual assault of a 10-year-old altar boy at St. Jerome's parish school.

The Rev. Charles Engelhardt was found guilty on all but one count. Former parochial schoolteacher Bernard Shero was found guilty on all counts. Both men were taken into custody late this afternoon. Sentencing will be April 18.

The verdict came after after nearly three full days of deliberations.

Shortly before noon, the Common Pleas Court jury of eight men and four women made its first public appearance in days when - poker-faced and staring straight ahead - they were escorted by court officers out of the building for some fresh air.

Since deliberations bega...

 

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