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Msgr. Lynn Sentenced to Three to Six Years in Prison

posted on July 25, 2012

After being convicted of child endangerment for his role in covering up clerical sex abuse, Msgr. William J. Lynn has been sentenced to three to six years in prison by a Philadelphia court, reports John P. Martin and Joseph A. Slobodzian for the Philadelphia Inquirer. “The punishment capped a two-hour hearing and a landmark trial, the first for a Catholic church official accused of enabling child-sex abuse,” write Marin and Slobodzian. Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who handed down the unprecedented sentence, chastised Lynn. “You knew full well what was right, Monsignor, but you chose wrong,” Sarmina said during the hearing. 

Read at The Philadelphia Inquirer