Church Sex Abuse Victim Speaks out on Conviction

By Omari Fleming
My Fox Philly
June 23, 2012

[with video]

It was a mixed verdict Friday in the landmark Philadelphia priest sex abuse case, but victims say it's an important step forward for their rights.

Monsignor William Lynn was convicted of child endangerment, which could get him up to seven years in prison

It's the first time a church official has been convicted of covering abuse allegations. He was acquitted of conspiracy charges.

The jury could not reach a verdict for Lynn's codefendant, Rev. James Brennan.

Philadelphia District ATtorney Seth Williams has four months to decide if he'll retry Brennan.

Williams noted there's a possibility other priests could face charges as well. He says he'll have to review the evidence of what's in the statute of limitations.

The D.A. was calling this a monumental victory. So were victims of sex abuse.

FOX 29's Omari Flemming spoke with a priest sex abuse victim and had more details in this report on the outcome of the case.








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