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Monsignor William Lynn Sentenced to 3-6 Years


Luis Fernandez was interviewed this afternoon on WURN-AM 1020 Actualidad  by Ricardo Brown regarding William Lynn, the first U.S. church official convicted of covering up sex-abuse claims against Roman Catholic priests, who was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years.

Monsignor William Lynn, 61, was the former secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004.

Last month, Lynn was convicted of felony child endangerment for his oversight Edward Avery. Avery is serving a 2 1/2- to 5 years sentence for sexually assaulting an altar boy in church in 1999. Lynn, however, was sentenced to 3 to 6 years.

“I did not intend any harm to come to (the boy). The fact is, my best was not good enough to stop that harm,” Lynn said. “I am a parish priest. I should have stayed (one).”

Lynn’s attorneys had sought probation, arguing that few Pennsylvanians serve long prison terms for child endangerment and that Lynn should not serve more time than abusers like Avery. They plan to appeal Lynn’s conviction.

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