Priest Sentenced to Three to Six Years In Prison For Enabling Sexual Abuse

Monsignor William Lynn was sentenced to a prison term of three to six years for child endangerment for failing to remove priests from ministry who engaged in sexual abuse.  The judge said that Lynn ignored warning signs while "monsters in clerical garb" sexually assaulted children.  Many of the courtroom seats were occupied by relatives of a former northeast Philadelphia altar boy who was the principal victim in the case.  The man, now in his 20s, was sexually molested by a priest, Edward Avery, whom Lynn allowed to stay in ministry.  The prosecutors sought a stiffer sentence than was handed down.