June 25th, 2012
05:31 AM ET

Convicted priest's lawyers to seek house arrest for him

Attorneys for Monsignor William Lynn will return to court Monday to argue that the cleric, who was convicted of child endangerment, be put under house arrest rather than jailed until his sentencing in August.

Lynn was found guilty Friday of one count of child endangerment, the first time a U.S. church leader has been convicted of such a charge.

He was found not guilty on a second count of endangerment and on a charge of conspiring to protect a priest accused of abuse.

The jury was unable to bring a verdict against his co-defendant, the Rev. James Brennan, who was charged with the attempted rape of a 14-year-old altar boy and endangering the welfare of a child.

Lynn was taken into custody after the verdict Friday, when the judge revoked his bail. His lawyer, Jeffrey Lindy, criticized the decision not to let his client remain free on bond prior to sentencing, calling it "an unspeakable miscarriage of justice (for) a 61-year-old man with no prior record and long established ties to the community."

He is set to be sentenced August 13, court officials said, and could face up to seven years in prison for his conviction on a third-degree felony.

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  1. Philip @ Rascal

    Exactly. This case is not comparable to the Sandusky case. This case is about prosecuting those whom knew of church boy raype, and kept it secret from the police.
    If Mrs. Sandusky, for example, were on trial for the part she played in her husbands bi se xual affairs going back some 20 years, then there would be a comparison.
    And, good point. It is not just every single organized religion that protects child molesters. Many are the cases where openly gay Boy Scout troop leaders got caught raypeing boys, and the BSA dealt with it internally rather than calling the police. Even doing the same thing religions do...transfer the child molester to a different troop rather than calling the police. Just as the RC church has done on many many occassions throughout the years.
    "War on Domestic Terrorists" Assasinate well known suspects of child raype, for example...just as if they were al-quida.
    Waterboard anyone not cooperating in child se x cases. Even priests in the confessional...knowing but not calling the cops.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip @ HIDE BEHIND

    God's views on these matters are spelled-out in plain english in our bibles.
    Raype of ANY kind should be punishable by death, with only the truly repentant not being executed along with all who knew but didn't tell.
    The bible records the account of some men who stole golden treasures from God's tabernacle, with thousands of people knowing but not telling. The men were forgiven, but God's angel slaughtered thousands who knew of the crime but kept it secret.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • jk

      The bible is made up.

      There is no other historical proof of Jesus christ.

      Constanstine created the current view of the bible to control his people.

      Jesus Christ is an aggregation of many pagan gods from egypt.

      June 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip @ Rascal

    This is NOT persecution of Christians. This is PROSECUTION of men falsely claiming to be christian, yet inside are full of worms.
    "Happy are those persecuted for my names sake."-Jesus Christ
    These religious men being prosecuted don't look happy to me. You?

    June 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jk

    Believing in jesus christ or any other "holy figure" is no more silly than believing in Santa Claus.

    This is ridiculous. Religion causes more harm than good.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jk

    Believing in jesus christ or any other "holy figure" is no more silly than believing in the boogie monster

    This is ridiculous. Religion causes more harm than good.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip @ Rascal

    So, why then jsut the church and not the other organizations?
    Because America's number one concern is money..."the economy". Once we apply the RICO statute to religious organizations...see?
    These religious w ho res have been riding the backs of taxpayers and governments for centuries...filthy rich while claiming zero profit/tax excempt status. It's time for this foolishness to end.
    Make organizing a religion illegal. Heck, make worshipping God illegal! Then only God's true children will stand in defiance of this new manmade law, and we will all know who they are.

    June 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. IRS

    Lmao@jk 5:54 claiming that our presidents have all been conned and now con US. Who did you vote for last election, jk? A freaking con man? How dare you vote for a man you know to be a con man.

    June 26, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. *Constantine

    Roman Constantine was no true Christian. To propose that this man contrived our beloved views of our true Lord and Savior is preposterous, AND ignorant of truth.
    That some ruler of what the Roman empire is guilty of could even form within his twisted mind the words Jesus used. Never has more wisdom been expounded upon mankind as those of Jesus.
    And, get this straight. Those weren't even Jesus' words. He spoke not of his own initiative but of that from his heavenly father. (Joseph taught him to be a carpenter and a good Jewish boy. An obeyer of law and a skilled craftman. God taught him to be a builder of men, which be did when he built Matthew, Mark, Dr. Luke, and our beloved John. And notice, please, that the building did not stop there. That there are, and in fact there are, men whom pattern their lives after this man, Jesus. Further proof that yer full of horse pucky.. he he
    nice try tho...trying to use the first "christian" EMPORER of a Rome as a projector of Christ.

    June 26, 2012 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Provable History

    Why is Constantine's vision any less valid than any other person's from the Bible? that he united 9hristians is well-doc umented; is it because he was an emperor of Rome before his conversion? So nobody can be converted? Your view is the true view? Geddouttahere!

    June 26, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
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