Saturday, December 20, 2014

The accused in archdiocese sex-abuse scandal

Shown: Rev. Edward Avery, top left; Rev. Charles Engelhardt, top right; Rev. James Brennan, bottom left; and, Monsignor William Lynn, bottom right. Source: Philadelphia District Attorney´s Office.
Shown: Rev. Edward Avery, top left; Rev. Charles Engelhardt, top right; Rev. James Brennan, bottom left; and, Monsignor William Lynn, bottom right. Source: Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Msgr. William Lynn

Age: 60

Current address: Downingtown

Charges: Endangering the welfare of a child (two counts)

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    Most recent assignment: Since 2004, pastor at St. Joseph Church in Downingtown.

    Previous assignments: secretary for clergy, Archdiocese of Philadelphia (June 1992 to June 2004); canonical notary, Office of the Chancellor (July 1993 to June 2004); associate to the vicar, Office of the Vicar for Administration (January 1991 to June 1992); dean, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, College Division (June 1984 to January 1991); chaplain, Archbishop Carroll Boys High School, Radnor (September 1983 to June 1984); assistant pastor, St. Katherine of Siena Parish, Wayne (October 1980 to June 1984); assistant pastor, St. Bernard Parish, Philadelphia (June 1976 to October 1980)

     

    Edward V. Avery

    Age: 68

    Current address: Haverford

    Charges: Rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault on a minor, endangering the welfare of a child (two counts), corruption of a minor Released on $85,000 bail

    Defrocked: 03/08/2006

    Previous assignments: leave of absence (December 2003 to March 2006); chaplain, Nazareth Hospital (December 1993 to December 2003); leave of absence (August 1993 to December 1993); pastor, St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, Philadelphia (September 1990 to August 1993); parochial vicar, St. Dominic Parish, Philadelphia (September 1986 to September 1990); assistant pastor, St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish, Philadelphia (June 1984 to September 1986); assistant pastor, St. Agatha/St. James Parish, Philadelphia (September 1978 to June 1984); assistant pastor, St. Philip Neri Parish, Pennsburg (February 1976 to September 1978); assistant pastor, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Chester (June 1972 to February 1976); assistant pastor, St. Bernadette Parish, Drexel Hill (June 1970 to June 1972)

     

    The Rev. Charles Engelhardt

    Age: 64

    Current address: Wyndmoor

    Charges: Rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault on a minor, endangering the welfare of a child (two counts), corruption of a minor Released on $50,000 bail

    Current situation: Under the supervision of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He is living in a residence operated by the Oblates, not an archdiocesan parish or institution.

    Previous assignments: parochial vicar, Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, Philadelphia (June, 2007 to January, 2009); pastor, Mater Dolorosa Parish, Philadelphia (June 2000 to June 2005); auditor, Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal (September 1996 to June 2005); parochial vicar, St. Jerome Parish, Philadelphia (July 1998 to June 2000); faculty, Father Judge High School for Boys, Philadelphia (November 1992 to July 1998); Faculty, Northeast Catholic High School, Philadelphia (September 1983 to November 1992)

     

    Bernard Shero

    Age: 48

    Current address: Bristol

    Charges: Rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault on a minor, endangering the welfare of a child (two counts), corruption of a minor Released on $95,000 bail, reduced from $200,000

    Current status: not employed in an archdiocesan school

    Previous employment: St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School, Croydon (September 2007 to January 2009); St. Michael the Archangel Elementary School, Levittown (September 2000 to June 2007); St. Jerome Elementary School, Philadelphia (September 1998 to June 2000); student teacher, Queen of the Universe Elementary School, Levittown (January 1998 to June 1998); student teacher, Nazareth Academy Grade School, Philadelphia (January 1998 to June 1998); substitute teacher, Nazareth Academy Grade School, Philadelphia (January 1996 to January 1998); instructional assistant and library aide, Immaculate Conception Elementary School, Levittown (June 1981 to January 1998); religious education teacher, St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Fallsington (September 1984 to July 1997)

     

    The Rev. James J. Brennan

    Age: 47

    Current address: Linfield

    Charges: Rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault on a minor, endangering the welfare of a child (two counts), corruption of a minor Released on $95,000 bail, reduced from $200,000

    Current status: Canonical trial in process; living in a private residence. The archdiocese provides supervision through a Prayer and Penance Program monitor.

    Previous assignments: parochial vicar, Assumption B.V.M. Parish, Feasterville (June 2001 to January 2006); leave of absence (April 2001 to June 2001); released to outside service at Mepkin Abbey (June 2000 to April 2001); parochial vicar, Assumption B.V.M. Parish, Feasterville (June 1998 to June 2000); parochial vicar, St. Jerome Parish, Philadelphia (July 1997 to June 1998); leave of absence (April 1996 to July 1997); faculty, Cardinal O’Hara High School, Springfield (June 1991 to April 1996); associate director, Office for Youth and Young Adults (September 1990 to April 1996); parochial vicar, St. Andrew Parish, Newtown (June 1989 to June 1991); chaplain, Archbishop Wood Girls High School (October 1989 to September 1990)

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