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Jury being picked for Philadelphia priest's retrial; accuser says he later attempted suicide


PHILADELPHIA — Jury selection is under way for a suspended Philadelphia priest after a jury deadlocked over charges he molested a young boy.

The Rev. Andrew McCormick is accused of assaulting the altar boy in a rectory bedroom in 1997.

A jury last year deliberated for four days without reaching a verdict.

The 26-year-old victim says the abuse started when he was 11 and later led him to attempt suicide.

His mother says she had previously talked to the priest at their northeast Philadelphia parish about concerns her son was gay.

McCormick denies the allegations.

The retrial could start this week.

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