1 Defendant Pleads Guilty in Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Scandal
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In a sudden turn of events, one of the defendants in the Philadelphia priest sex abuse scandal has decided to plead guilty.
Unexpectedly this afternoon, defrocked priest Edward Avery, accused of molesting at least one boy, indicated that he would be pleading guilty, just days before his trial was set to begin.
As part of a plea deal, Avery was immediately sentenced to 2½-5 years in prison and ordered to surrender to authorities within 10 days.
Avery and two others — one a priest and the other a monsignor — were scheduled to go on trial next Monday in a case that has rock...