Philadelphia Catholic Monsignor William Lynn got a 3-to-6 year prison sentence for child endangerment after apologizing for the years of sexual abuse a young man suffered at the hands of defrocked priest Edward Avery, whom Lynn transferred to the boy’s parish despite knowing that he had abused another boy, reports the Philadelphia Daily News. “I did my best,” said Lynn, 61, who served as secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004.
Judge M. Teresa Sarmina rejected Lynn supporters’ arguments that he was a scapegoat or victim of circumstances. She said Lynn had shielded, protected and aided “monsters in clerical garb” while he “refused to hear and refused to see” their young victims. Lynn is the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic church official jailed for crimes related to sexual abuse of children. He will appeal the sentence. “This is a man who’s now been sentenced to three to six years in prison for endangering the welfare of a child that he never saw, never met, never knew and never knew was in danger,” said defense attorney Thomas Bergstrom. “That’s unbelievable.”