— The first top official in the Roman Catholic Church to be convicted of shielding child-molesting priests is going to have plenty of time to do some reflection — in prison
Monsignor William Lynn is the first high-ranking official of the Roman Catholic church in America to be convicted and sentenced to prison. He was accused in the Philadelphia priest sex abuse scandal.
The District Attorney’s office will retry the Rev. James Brennan on attempted rape and endangering children charges.
While waiting for sentencing, to be held July 24, Monsignor William Lynn will cool his heels in a jail cell.
The first highly placed Catholic official convicted in a sex-abuse case will stay in jail while he awaits sentencing, which was moved up to July 24. Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina on Thursday rejected a request to allow Monsignor William Lynn to live under house arrest in the Lower Northeast home of Rita DeCarolis, an elderly in-law’s in-law. The judge also moved up Lynn’s sentencing date, which was originally set for Aug. 13. On June 22, a jury found the 61- year-old monsignor guilty of one count of endangering children. He immediately was taken into custody and has been held in the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility on State Road. Prosecutors have said they will ask for the maximum sentence of seven years and added they viewed Lynn as a flight risk. Lynn faces from three and a half years to seven years imprisonment. Lynn’s attorneys said they planned to appeal the conviction once Sarmina sentences their client.
— Convicted felon Monsignor William Lynn hopes for a taste of freedom before he is sentenced.