Priest Sex Abuse Scandal
In a harshly worded statement, Judge Teresa Sarmina said that Msgr. William Lynn had allowed “monsters” in priestly garb to continue their crimes of assaulting children.
The first U.S. church official convicted of endangering children in the priest-abuse scandal asked Thursday for probation instead of prison, saying he had already experienced months of scrutiny, vilification and shame.
The jury in the priest sex abuse case sat through months of evidence and deliberated for nearly two weeks before reaching their landmark mixed verdict.
A decison has been reached in the child sex abuse case. An announcement is expected shortly after 2pm.
The jury in the Philadelphia priest sex abuse case told the judge on the 12th day of deliberations that they are unable to reach a verdict on four of the five charges in this landmark case.
Monsignor William Lynn is charged with endangering children while serving a secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Father James Brennan is charged with molesting a child.
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The jury won’t deliberate this Friday. They’ll resume late on Monday, and won’t work next Wednesday or Friday if they have still not reached verdicts by then.
Jurors sought clarification on the word “and” specific to legal issues. Attorneys for the defense and prosecution could not agree on a response.
Msgr. William Lynn maintains he was powerless to change the church’s practices for dealing with predator priests. As he put it at one point, he was “not the cardinal archbishop of Philadelphia.”
Monsignor William Lynn walked to lunch with his family surrounding him, and for the first time all morning, his face wasn’t blazing red.
Prosecutor Patrick Blessington asserted again and again that Monsignor William Lynn has lied — to victims, to parishioners, to nuns and priests, and to the police, all to protect predator priests and to avoid negative publicity and legal action.
Monsignor William Lynn is charged with endangering minors by allowing priests accused of sexually abusing children to remain in ministry.
The prosecution has rested in the landmark clergy abuse case that has rocked the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
With the prosecution winding down in the clergy abuse case, a last segment of testimony by defendant William Lynn before a grand jury back in 2004 was presented Wednesday.