Msgr. William J. Lynn, the first Roman Catholic Church official in the United States to be convicted of covering up sexual abuses by priests under his supervision, was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in prison.
“You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong,” Judge M. Teresa Sarmina of Common Pleas Court said as she imposed the sentence, which was just short of the maximum of three and a half to seven years. Monsignor Lynn must serve at least three years before he is eligible for parole.
Eric is right: This is a big deal. It's the first time that a Catholic official who covered up child rape has been sentenced to prison in the United States. We've sent Catholic priests to jail for child rape, but we're finally prosecuting and jailing the terrible human beings who helped cover up child rape, and that's a significant step. I hope we continue with this trend and keep shaking the tree until the whole rotten thing falls down. And I hope Monsignor Lynn rots in there.