- Associated Press - Thursday, February 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Opening statements are scheduled to begin in the case of a suspended Philadelphia priest whose previous trial ended after a jury deadlocked over charges that he molested a young boy almost two decades ago.

The Rev. Andrew McCormick is accused of having assaulted an altar boy in a rectory bedroom in 1997. A jury deliberated for four days last year without reaching a verdict in the trial.

The 26-year-old victim alleges that the abuse started when he was 11 and later led him to attempt suicide. His mother says she previously spoke with the priest at their northeast Philadelphia parish about concerns that her son was gay.

McCormick has denied the allegations.

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