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Ex-priest recants abuse guilty plea

PHILADELPHIA — An imprisoned former priest at the center of a landmark Roman Catholic abuse case testified Thursday that he pleaded guilty to a sexual assault he did not commit.

Edward Avery, 70, admitted to an earlier abuse complaint, but he said he never had any contact with the accuser in another ongoing criminal trial. He said he took a plea deal because he did not want to risk a longer sentence if convicted.

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