Priest, teacher convicted of abuse

PHILADELPHIA — A jury convicted a priest and a teacher Wednesday in a church sex abuse case that rocked the Philadelphia archdiocese and sent a church official to prison for child endangerment.

The verdict supports accounts by a 24-year-old policeman’s son that he was sexually abused by the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and sixth-grade teacher Bernard Shero in about 1999.

The accuser’s complaint in 2009 describing abuse by two priests and the teacher led to Monsignor William Lynn’s landmark conviction last year for endangerment.


Lynn is serving three to six years in prison for his role transferring an admitted pedophile priest to the accuser’s parish in northeast Philadelphia.

The young man said the abuse started after Engel-hardt caught him drinking altar wine in fifth grade.