By Tony Hanson and Walt Hunter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia priest at the center of the sexual abuse coverup case has been handed a long sentence by the judge overseeing the case.READ MORE: Course Changes, New Finish Line Announced For 2021 Blue Cross Broad Street Run
Monsignor William Lynn, 61, was sentenced this morning to 3-6 years in prison, just shy of the maximum 3½-7 years requested by Philadelphia prosecutors.
In a harshly worded statement before handing down her sentence, Judge Teresa Sarmina said that Msgr. Lynn, the former secretary for clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, had supported “monsters in clerical garb.”READ MORE: 27-Year-Old Killed In Grays Ferry Shooting, Police Say
One priest, Edward Avery, admitted assaulting a teenage boy even after Lynn was aware that Avery had behaved inappropriately with other children. Lynn was convicted of failing to reassign Avery so that he would not have further access to children.
“I apologize, I have apologized before, I apologize again, and I hope some day you will be able to accept that apology,” said Lynn while turned toward the family of one of the victims.MORE NEWS: Ida Cleanup At Schuylkill River Postponed Due To Weather
Lynn remains in custody. The defense has made a motion that he be allowed to remain free pending his appeal; the judge will have a hearing on that next month.