- Associated Press - Monday, March 10, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia jury is set to return Tuesday for a fourth day of deliberations in a priest’s sexual-assault trial.

The Rev. Andrew McCormick is accused of molesting a 10-year-old altar boy in a rectory bedroom in 1997.

The jury deliberated for the day Monday without reaching a verdict on the five counts.

The 57-year-old McCormick is the latest in a string of Philadelphia priests charged with child sexual assault. City prosecutors have been investigating the Roman Catholic church’s handling of abuse complaints since 2002.

McCormick denies molesting anyone during his 30-year church career. He concedes that he was twice reprimanded by the archdiocese for his behavior around children.

The jury has been deliberating since Thursday afternoon.

The case involves St. John Cantius (KAN’-shush) parish, a Polish congregation in northeast Philadelphia.

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