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Judge may grant house arrest to Pa. monsignor

Published: Tue, June 26, 2012 @ 2:15 p.m.

Judge may grant house arrest to Pa. monsignor

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge might release a convicted Roman Catholic monsignor to await sentencing if the Vatican will agree not to harbor him if he flees the United States for Rome.

Monsignor William Lynn is the first U.S. church official convicted in the cover-up of child sex-abuse complaints.

Lynn was convicted of felony child endangerment and is set for sentencing Aug. 13. He faces about 3-1/2 to seven years in prison. His lawyers insist he is not a flight risk. But prosecutors say at least 35 priests have fled during criminal cases, most apparently before trial.

Lynn has agreed to surrender his passport, and to waive extradition if he flees. But the judge first wants proof the Vatican will honor the waiver.

Lynn remained jailed today, pending a July 5 court date.


1JudyJones(162 comments)posted 4 years ago

Msgr Lynn needs to be kept in jail. He is a criminal and should not be given any special privileges.

The big reason that so many innocent children have been sexually abused by clerics and their crimes are covered up by priests, bishops, and cardinals, is because these men have been held with such high esteem. They are known to have the reputation that a holy priest can do no wrong.
A strong message needs to be sent to all church leaders that they can no longer protect the child predators instead of protecting the kids, otherwise they will land in jail, just like any other human being.

The brave victims' voices, who are now survivors, were heard, They deserve to not be afraid anymore and to see real justice. And yes, Lynn is a flight risk. It has happened many times.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,) is the worlds oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.
SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc.

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