Philadelphia Jury Continues to Weigh Fate of Priests Charged in Sex Case

By Tony Hanson
CBS Philly
June 6, 2012

Msgr. William Lynn, with his attorneys

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) The jury considering the Philadelphia clergy sexual abuse case today posed more questions to the judge.

The jury, considering child endangerment charges against Monsignor William Lynn and sexual assault charges against another priest, asked to see more of the documents presented at trial.

The panel also sought the definitions of two words that were repeated often during the trial, pedophile and ephebophile.

Generally speaking, a pedophile is someone sexually attracted to prepubescent children, while an ephebophile is attracted to older teens under the age of 18.

The jury also asked for a the definition of the word agreement as it applies to the conspiracy charge against Msgr. Lynn. He is charged with conspiring with church officials and a pedophile priest to endanger children by allowing that priest to remain in ministry.

That priest, Edward Avery, later sexually assaulted another boy and pleaded guilty just before trial. He is now in prison.


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