Falsely Accused Catholic School Teacher in Philly *Finally* Released From Prison; Philly Media Doesn’t Care

Bernard Shero : falsely accused : Philadelphia

Falsely accused by Philly DA Seth Williams: Catholic teacher Bernard Shero

Philadelphia Catholic school teacher Bernard Shero, who was falsely convicted in 2013 along with the late Rev. Charles Engelhardt in a high-profile trial for child sex abuse that never occurred, is finally going to be a free man.

After being falsely accused of sex abuse by a lying drug addict named Danny Gallagher, Shero will exit prison after serving four-and-a-half years of a maximum 16-year sentence.

The news was first reported by journalist Ralph Cipriano at BigTrial.net.

An insider blows the lid off

Regular readers of this site have long known that Gallagher's claims of abuse are wildly false (see this and this for background). It is now an incontrovertible fact that the Philadelphia D.A.'s office – spearheaded by D.A. Seth Williams, who now sits in solitary confinement on multiple charges of corruption and bribery – orchestrated a malicious scheme against innocent men and the Catholic Church based on Gallagher's bogus stories.

And another fact we now know is that the Philly D.A.'s office knew all along that Gallagher's claims were preposterous, but it proceeded against innocent Catholic priests anyway.

How do we know this? Back in May, Cipriano was the first to report of a stunning 12-page affidavit written by the lead detective in the Philly D.A.'s office, Detective Joseph Walsh. In the affidavit, Walsh not only blows the lid off Gallagher's wildly false claims of abuse, but he also exposes how when he confronted Philly Assistant D.A. Mariana Sorensen – truly a major force behind the decade-plus-long witch hunt in Philadelphia – with the numerous problems with Gallagher's case, Sorensen retorted, "You're killing my case."

[***Click to read Det. Joe Walsh's affidavit (courtesy of Ralph Cipriano)***]

After conducting numerous interviews with Gallagher himself and the people closest to his case, Walsh made his decision: "I concluded that this information was a lie."

Of course, Shero's release did not come without a catch. Based in part on Detective Walsh's stunning information, Shero had appealed for a new trial. And prosecutors knew that the judge in the case was likely about to grant him one. Prosecutors also knew that a new trial would expose the fraud that they themselves had perpetrated; so they struck a deal with Shero. In order to obtain his release, Shero had to agree to plea no contest to crimes he never committed. As Cipriano has reported:

"[Philly prosecutors] struck a deal so the D.A.'s office could still pretend that Danny Gallagher was a rape victim and that Rufus Seth Williams' self-described 'historic' prosecution of the Catholic Church was legitimate.

"Even though Danny Gallagher is a fraud, Rufus Seth Williams is a criminal on his way to hell, and his prosecution of the church is a certified witch hunt that put four innocent men in jail, and one of those men, the Rev. Charles Engelhardt, died there.

"Truth may be a casualty. But Bernie Shero will soon be a free man.

"In Philadelphia, this is what passes for justice."

The Inky goes into hiding – again

Complicit in the imprisonment of innocent men has been Philadelphia's newspaper of record, the Philadelphia Inquirer. While the Inky repeatedly trumpeted the numerous bogus claims of abuse years ago, it has been stunningly silent in reporting the corruption and fraud perpetrated by the Philly D.A.'s office against not only the Catholic Church, but also against truth and justice.

After Shero was released from prison on Wednesday (8/16/17), we wrote to a bunch of editors and staffers at the Inquirer asking them if they would report Shero's release. A short time later, we saw that the Inky mustered up a measly 123-word wire story (since slightly lengthened) from the Associated Press.

Breathtaking journalism, indeed.


[ADDENDUM: Since writing this post, Ralph Cipriano has published two new posts worth checking out:

1. "Billy Doe Prosecutor: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Investigation" (8/17/17)

2. "Detective Joe Walsh Responds To ADA Blessington" (8/17/17)]


  1. Publion says:

    On the 10th at 1112PM ‘Dan’ will send up a whole bunch of pericopes. As usual, they only work if one presumes the presumptions that ‘Dan’ wishes one to presume (such as presuming that ‘Dan’ has many “enemies” who are “liars”). He can quote them all he wants; the key is – as it has always been – whether they apply to him in the way that his delusional system requires.

    And the same goes for his “enemies”: the pericopes only work if one presumes that ‘Dan’ is truthy and it’s those who disagree with his stuff that are “liars”.

    ‘Dan’ has no “strong belief in God’s Word. ‘Dan’ only has a death-grip on his delusional  take on God’s Word. ‘Dan’ is in the ‘Dan’ business; God’s Word and Scripture are just costumes he has taken to give a patina of authority to his whackery.

    • Dan says:

      Let us all know when you're through with your compulsive lying and slandering. For the umpteenth time, catholic liars that slandered me had nothing to do with my material. They were blatant liars, like yourself, who seem to derive some sick pleasure from lying about others. Apparently you've yet to understand that there will be a high price to pay for every lying word to come from your forked tongue, hypocrite. Crawl back under the mud you slithered out from, Porky Perjuring Pig. I'm done with you wicked lying fools!  servant

  2. Publion says:

    Continuing with my comment on ‘Dan’s of the 10th at 1112PM:

    Having thus tried yet again to run his usual scam – trying to weasel his own interpretations in under cover of the quoted pericopes – ‘Dan’ then clutches his pearls and doth harrumph that I would “dare accuse” him “of some ulterior motive or scam”.

    But ‘Dan’ does not and never has and never can simply ‘ask’ that readers “look at the Lord’s Word and decide who is telling the truth”. The readers have to do much more, i.e. they have to accept ‘Dan’s interpretation according to the story ‘Dan’ has fashioned for himself as the spine of his delusional system. That is always his motive and constitutes the core of his scam.

  3. Publion says:

    On then to JR’s of the 11that 104AM:

    Once again, JR has chosen for this performance to don the Wig of “common sense” and then even tries to weasel himself into the status of adulthood (in more than the mere chronological sense); “we are all adults here”, he smarmily bleats.

    He then denounces “this propaganda site” as being “here to [ensure that ‘we’] never have a decent, adult problem-solving conversation”. And was his ever-expanding conspiracy skein supposed to have been such a conversation? And did we not rather adult-ly solve the problem of his own story, after finally working through his layers of smoke-blowing and sly deception?

    And how can you have a “backstage” on a website? And how could such a “backstage” ‘decide’ “the winners” beforehand? What we see here – yet again – is JR’s reversion to ‘conspiracy’ to excuse the failures of his own stuff; he’s the ‘victim’ – doncha see? – of a “backstage” conspiracy here (one that’s even “choreographed”).

    If he’s not a ‘winner’ here, it’s his own material that did the job.

  4. Dan says:

    Sorry ej, That you don't see your church as an evil cult. You disagree with God's description of idolatry, the making, worship and bowing down to statues. You don't see that they worship Mary as a replacement to Jesus Christ. Hail Holy Queen, our Life, our Sweetness and our Hope. Mother of God, sinless and assumed. Prayed to with repetitive prayers, Christ described as praying as heathens do. You refuse to face the facts that the cult is plagued with pedophiles and perverts, many of whose identities were kept secret through victim payoffs with Confidentiality Agreements. I have dealt with a couple of catholic liars and cowards in this forum, none more outstanding than lying publiar. I have brought to the attention of catholics so many quotes from the Lord's Word in which they fail to follow. I take very serious my use of words, and the church has painted itself with a "broad brush" of wickedness, down to it's very core and most definitely among it's pompous hierarchy. I may harbor hatred for the false religion and the evil hypocrites within, but do not harbor hatred for it's brainwashed sheep. I have absolutely no problem with my soul or my eternity. I know I'm saved by Christ's sacrifice on the cross, and need no purgatory, saints as mediators or any other falsehoods from anti-Biblical teachings. I think you should be a little more concerned with your eternity and your beliefs. Read the Bible often and you may come to know His Truth.

  5. Johnny K says:

    The fact is that Shero and Fr. Englehart were NOT GUILTY, but had their lives ruined by false accusations, complicit prosecutors, a flat-out evil Seth Williams, and a cowardly judge. THAT is what this thread is supposed to be about.