Catholic Official Gets 6 Years

    Monsignor William Lynn walks to the Criminal Justice Center, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, in Philadelphia. Lynn is the first Roman Catholic church official in the U.S. ever charged with child endangerment, for allegedly keeping co-defendants former priest Edward V. Avery and the Rev. James J. Brennan, and other accused predators, in ministry. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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    Monsignor William Lynn, a Roman Catholic official who was found guilty last month of endangering a child, was sentenced to a three to six year prison term on Tuesday. Lynn is the first Catholic official in the U.S. to be convicted of covering up sex crimes committed by priests. His lawyers had asked for leniency, arguing sending Lynn to jail would serve no purpose. Prosecutors asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence because he gave known predators access to children. Lynn’s lawyers have said they will appeal the conviction.

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