Priest Sentenced to Three to Six Years In Prison For Enabling Sexual Abuse
Posted on September 20, 2012 by Eugene Hollander
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.