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Philly Priest Trial

Priest Convicted In Landmark Sex Abuse Case Gets Released

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic church official who won an appeal of his landmark conviction in the priest-abuse scandal left state prison on T...

Priest Jailed For Sex Abuse Recants Guilty Plea

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 03.19.2013 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — An imprisoned ex-priest at the center of a landmark Roman Catholic priest-abuse case testified Thursday that he pleaded guilty to...

Priest Allegedly Made Boy Do Striptease, Said 'This Is What God Wants'

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 03.18.2013 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A policeman's son testified Tuesday that he withdrew from friends, sports and school clubs, and began a long descent into heroin ...

Trial Starts In Case Of Altar Boy Allegedly Raped By Priest And Ex-Catholic Teacher

AP | Posted 03.09.2013 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Roman Catholic priest and a former Catholic school teacher charged with sexually as...

Priest Faces 7 Years For Endangering Children

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 09.23.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — The first U.S. church official convicted of covering up sex-abuse claims against Roman Catholic priests was sentenced Tuesday to ...

Priest Convicted Of Sex Abuse Coverup Seeks Release From Prison

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 07.02.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA -- Lawyers for an imprisoned Roman Catholic official will push to have him released to await sentencing, arguing that he has a good chanc...

Priest Convicted Of Endangering Kids, Cleared Of Sex Abuse Conspiracy

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 08.22.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic church official was convicted of child endangerment but acquitted of conspiracy Friday in a landmark clergy-abus...

Jury Hung On Priest Sex Abuse Charges

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 08.20.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A stubbornly divided jury will have a day off to dwell on clergy-abuse charges pending against two Roman Catholic priests before ...

Jurors Struggle Through Deliberations In Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 08.12.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — Frustration erupted Tuesday in a landmark priest-abuse case. As jurors failed to reach a verdict for a seventh day, a defense la...

Jury Deliberates Whether Ex-Priest Conspired To Cover Up Sex Abuse

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 08.04.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — Questions raised by jurors deliberating in a groundbreaking clergy-abuse trial suggest lingering confusion over the charges lodge...

'One Of The Most Significant Trials' On Clergy Sex Abuse About To End

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 07.30.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — In opening statements in March, a prosecutor called the alleged cover-up of child sexual assaults by priests a battle between rig...

Church Official Admits Accused Priests Are 'Pretty Sick Individuals'

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 07.24.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic church official testified Thursday that he typed a list of suspected pedophile priests on his computer, but coul...

Catholic Church Officials Heavily Protects Files About Priest Abuse

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 07.17.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — Evidence in a groundbreaking priest-abuse trial shows the men running the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia used elabora...

Prosecutors Want To Visit Nuns In Monastery For Sex Abuse Testimony

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 07.09.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — Defense lawyers complained Tuesday that the lengthy priest-abuse trial of a Roman Catholic church official has veered far afield ...

Church Said Priest Left Due To Illness, But Actually Was Accused Of Molesting Altar Boy

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 07.07.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic church official charged with handling child sexual-abuse complaints for more than a decade had little to no trai...

Priest Says 14-Year-Old Was Assaulted By Other Priest At Sleepover

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 06.30.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A 47-year-old man unleashed his fury Monday at the Roman Catholic Church, staring down a church official in a Philadelphia courtr...

Priest Suspected Of Sexual Abuse Was Ticking Time Bomb: Prosecutors

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 04.30.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA -- Two Roman Catholic archbishops moved a troubled priest to new parishes despite dire warnings he was having sex with minors, according ...

Ex-Altar Boy Abused By Priest Says He Started Doing Drugs At 11 To Cope

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 04.27.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA -- A young man told a jury in a criminal priest-abuse case Wednesday that he was sexually assaulted as an altar boy by two Philadelphia p...

Priest Says Seminarians Tried To Gang Rape Him

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 06.23.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A Catholic priest admitting a sexual relationship with a teen said he had been the victim of an attempted gang rape by fellow sem...

Old Wounds Ripped Open Along With Secret Church Files In Philadelphia Priest Trial

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 04.21.2012 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA -- Graphic testimony in a Philadelphia clergy-abuse trial this month has ripped open secret church files and reopened old wounds among Ca...

Schoolboys Stripped And Were Whipped For Priest's Passion Play

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 06.17.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia jury heard Tuesday about Catholic schoolboys who said they had to strip before a priest and endure whippings as th...

Ex-Priest Says He Was Abused In HIgh School Before Entering Clergy

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 06.16.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A college administrator testified Monday that a Philadelphia priest sexually assaulted him several times a week throughout high s...

Bishop's Aides Shredded List Of Priests Accused Of Molesting Kids

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 06.01.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA -- An expert on "canon" law angrily called it "obstruction of justice, cubed" for a Roman Catholic archbishop to have shredded a list of ...

'I'll Never Forgive Myself': Mom Stayed Close To Priest After He Allegedly Abused Her Son

AP | JOANN LOVIGLIO | Posted 06.12.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA — A woman whose son gave emotional testimony about his alleged abuse at the hands of a Roman Catholic priest took the stand herself...