Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia was convicted of child endangerment in a groundbreaking clergy-abuse trial, making him the "first U.S. church official convicted of a crime for how he handled abuse claims." Lynn could face up to seven years in prison. According to prosecutors, the monsignor "helped the archdiocese keep predators in ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes their priest was being removed for health reasons, and then sending the men to unsuspecting churches." During the trial, Lynn acknowledged that he never once contacted authorities about alleged incidents of child sex abuse by priests.
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