Accused Philly priest denies molesting altar boy

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A Roman Catholic priest accused of molesting an altar boy has briefly taken the stand in Philadelphia and denied the charge.

The Rev. Andrew McCormick acknowledges that he knew the accuser in 1997 at his parish.

And he says he was later warned twice not to have children in his living quarters, as new church rules took effect.

But he calls the criminal case “a devastation.”

Jurors are set to hear closing arguments Thursday.

Their deliberations could include talk of boxers versus briefs. The defense suggests the accuser misidentified the type of underwear that McCormick wears.

The accuser says he thought he was being punished as a 10-year-old boy because he was gay.

The 57-year-old McCormick has been suspended since 2011, following a less serious complaint about boundary issues.

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