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Priest abuse accuser faces tough questions

Memory varies on locations of rapes by priests, teacher

PHILADELPHIA — A longtime heroin addict whose complaint helped imprison a Philadelphia archdiocesan official came under attack Wednesday, as jurors in a priest abuse trial learned that he had given three different locations for one alleged rape.

Defense lawyers questioning the gaunt, 24-year-old policeman’s son poked several holes in his accounts, some of which he attributed to years of heavy drug use.

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