Ousted US Priest Faces Retrial After Jury Deadlocked On Attempted Rape Charge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia prosecutors will retry an ousted priest on an attempted rape charge after a jury deadlock.

The Rev. James Brennan says the decision reopens wounds that were starting to heal. The 49-year-old Brennan is accused of trying to rape a teenage boy in 1996. Brennan has admitted in a church trial that he slept with him and let him watch porn, but he denies molesting him.

Brennan's lawyer says 11 of 12 jurors wanted to acquit his client last month. Brennan had been on trial with Monsignor William Lynn and is no longer in ministry.

Lynn awaits sentencing Tuesday after being convicted of felony child endangerment for his handling of abuse claims.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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