Monsignor Lynn denied bail

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina this morn­ing denied Monsignor Wil­li­am Lynn's re­quest to be freed on bail.

Monsignor Wil­li­am Lynn is stay­ing in jail.

A judge this morn­ing denied Lynn’s re­quest to be freed on bail. Lynn is the first mem­ber of the na­tion’s Ro­man Cath­ol­ic hier­archy to be con­victed and sen­tenced to pris­on for shield­ing a pe­do­phile priest.

Lynn has been be­hind bars at the Cur­ran From­hold Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity since he was found guilty on June 22 after a three-month tri­al. Com­mon Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina later sen­tenced him to three to six years in pris­on.

The monsignor’s at­tor­neys have said they will ap­peal.

Lynn, once the Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia’s sec­ret­ary for clergy, was con­victed of one count of child en­dan­ger­ment be­cause he as­signed a priest he be­lieved to be a pe­do­phile to live in the North­east’s St. Jerome par­ish, where he sub­sequently mo­les­ted a 10-year-old al­tar boy.

That priest, Ed­ward Avery, was to be tried with Lynn and the Rev. James Bren­nan, but pleaded guilty to sexu­al ab­use charges in March. Avery, who is de­frocked, was sen­tenced to two and a half to five years im­pris­on­ment.

Be­fore the tri­al began March 26, Lynn’s at­tor­neys main­tained the monsignor couldn’t be charged with child en­dan­ger­ment be­cause he didn’t su­per­vise chil­dren, and dur­ing the tri­al, they said Lynn nev­er had the power to re­as­sign priests, so couldn’t be held ac­count­able for Avery’s crim­in­al acts.

Jur­ors were un­able to make a de­cision on at­temp­ted rape and child en­dan­ger­ment charges against Bren­nan. Pro­sec­utors will retry him.  A tri­al date will be de­cided Aug. 14. ••

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