OPENING statements are set to begin this week in the case of a suspended Philadelphia priest whose previous trial ended after a jury deadlocked over charges that he molested a boy almost two decades ago.

The Rev. Andrew McCormick is accused of having assaulted an altar boy in a rectory bedroom in 1997 when he was at St. John Cantius in Bridesburg. He was arrested in 2012. A jury deliberated for four days last March without reaching a verdict.

The 26-year-old victim alleges that the abuse started when he was 11 and later led him to attempt suicide. McCormick has denied the allegations.

- Associated Press