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Jailed ex-priest denies assault

AN imprisoned ex-priest in a landmark priest-abuse case in Philadelphia claims he pleaded guilty to a sexual assault he didn't commit.

Edward Avery (70) said he took a plea deal. Asked if he raped the 24-year-old policeman's son, Avery said: "I did not. So help me God."

The same man claims he was raped by Avery, the Rev. Charles Engelhardt and ex-teacher Bernard Shero.