You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong.

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Monsignor William Lynn, former Archdiocese of Philadelphia secretary for clergy, handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004. He was accused of transferring problem priests in one of the country's largest parishes and keeping complaints out of the public eye. Read more:

US church official jailed for sexual abuse cover-up

Roman Catholic monsignor sentenced to three to six years in prison after being accused of transferring problem priests.

A Roman Catholic monsignor who became the first US church official to be convicted for covering up sex abuse claims against priests has been sentenced to three to six years in prison.

Monsignor William Lynn, former Archdiocese of Philadelphia secretary for clergy, handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004. He was accused of transferring problem priests in one of the country's largest parishes and keeping complaints out of the public eye.

"You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong," Judge Teresa Sarmina said.

Lynn was the first US church official convicted for his handling of abuse claims in the sex scandal that has rocked the Catholic church for more than a decade.

A jury convicted the 61-year-old Lynn last month of felony child endangerment for his oversight of now-defrocked priest Edward Avery, who is serving up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting an altar boy in church.

 

See:
2011 Feb 22 – USA: Catholic Church endangers children by putting two known paedophiles in post where they had contact with youngsters
2011 May 14 (3) – USA diocese’s sex-abuse chair blasts cardinal
2012 Mar 28 – USA Philadelphia: Catholic sex abuse trial starts
2012 Apr 12 (2) – USA: Paedophil priest kept for years
2012 Jun 23 (2) – USA: Cardinal‘s aid is found guilty in abuse case
2012 Jul 24 (3) – US church official jailed for sexual abuse cover-up

 

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