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Pennsylvania priest convicted of endangerment based on allegations he helped cover up child sex abuse

Catholic Monsignor William J. Lynn of Philadelphia, who handled child sexual abuse complaints for over 10 years while serving as the secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was found guilty of one count of endangerment based on allegations that he encouraged reassignment for priests suspected of abusing children. This marks the first time a leader of the Catholic Church has been convicted for a crime in connection with the church sex abuse scandal.

Of note, Lynn has never been accused of abusing any children himself. The allegations against him only stem from actions he took as a leader in the Church hierarchy after learning of accusations against other Catholic Priests.

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