A Pennsylvania judge today sentenced Monsignor William Lynn, a former official of the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, to a term of three to six years for the crime of felony child endangerment. A jury convicted Lynn last month in connection with his oversight of now-defrocked priest Edward Avery, who is serving a prison term for the sexual assault of an altar boy in 1999. Rather than reveal what he knew about allegations against the priest, the sentencing judge said, Lynn had chosen to obey his bishop and remain silent. Lynn is the first American priest to be convicted in connection with the covering up of sex abuse in the Catholic Church. His lawyers plan an appeal. The AP has the story here.

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