Pa. priest-abuse jury set to return for Day 11

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Posted: Jun 18, 2012 4:44 PM
Pa. priest-abuse jury set to return for Day 11

A Philadelphia jury is set to return for an 11th day of deliberations Tuesday in the groundbreaking clergy-abuse trial of two Roman Catholic priests.

Monsignor William Lynn is the first U.S. church official charged over his handling of child sexual abuse complaints as an aide to the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.

The 61-year-old Lynn has been awaiting the verdict with several of his siblings.

He faces up to 21 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy and child endangerment for allegedly helping the Philadelphia archdiocese cover up the complaints from 1992 to 2004.

The Rev. James Brennan is charged with molesting a 14-year-old boy in 1996. Brennan's lawyer calls the accuser a con man.

The trial has been under way since March. Jurors had no questions for the judge Monday.