Clergyman Convicted of Sex Abuse Cover-Up
U.S. Catholic clergyman Monsignor William Lynn has been convicted and sentenced to three to six years in jail for helping to conceal years of child sex abuse by Philadelphia priests.
Details of Monsignor Lynn’s Conviction
- According to NBC News and wire services, Lynn served as secretary for the clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese from 1992 to 2004.
- In this capacity, he acted as personnel director for about 800 priests.
- During that time, he allegedly covered up numerous sex abuse accusations and oftentimes transferred accused priests to other parishes without disclosing the allegations against them.
- On June 22, 2012, Lynn was convicted of felony child endangerment.
- On July 24, 2012, he was sentenced to 3-6 years in jail.
- Lynn is said to be the most senior Catholic clergyman to be convicted in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.
Defense Plans to Appeal
According to published reports, defense attorneys feel that Lynn is being made a scapegoat for the Philadelphia archdiocese. Their reasoning is that Lynn was charged with child endangerment under a law revised in 2007 to include those who supervise the caretakers of children, even though he retired from the archdiocese in 2004.
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