Pa. Monsignor Seeks Probation In Landmark Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The first U.S. church official convicted of endangering children in the priest-abuse scandal hopes for a sentence of house arrest or probation.

Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia awaits sentencing Tuesday.

He's the former secretary for clergy at the city's Roman Catholic archdiocese, and handled priest assignments and abuse complaints.

The 61-year-old Lynn faces up to seven years in prison after a jury convicted him last month of felony endangerment. But Lynn argues in a memo filed Thursday that most people serve far less time for that crime.

Lynn has spent a month in prison since the verdict. He now seeks a term of house arrest, community service, work release or probation.

Lynn plans to appeal his landmark conviction.

Prosecutors are expected to seek the maximum prison term.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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