The Philadelphia priest at the center of the sexual abuse coverup case has been handed a long sentence by the judge overseeing the case.
Monsignor William Lynn 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 “knew what was right, but he chose wrong.” She said he had supported “monsters in clerical garb.”
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.