- Sep 29, 2020
A former priest from Philadelphia accused of trying to rape a 14-year-old boy in 1996 has pleaded no contest to simple assault under a deal with prosecutors, while the first Church official in the U.S. convicted of an abuse cover-up, Monsignor William Lynn, will be retried next year after his conviction was overturned.
Monsignor William Lynn, a former Philadelphia church official described by his lawyer as a “pawn” in the Church hierarchy, will be retried next year over his handling of priest-abuse complaints even though his child-endangerment conviction has been overturned twice.
Monsignor William Lynn is the first person ever charged and convicted of helping the Catholic Church shield child molesters. Courts have twice thrown out his conviction, he’s been granted a new trial and is now seeking bail after three years behind bars.