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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    When deciding the consequences of a priest's endangering a child's welfare, it is reasonable to consider the priest's positive contributions to society.
    Allowing Roman Catholic priests to marry would make their religious calling a less attractive haven for child molesters.
    Perhaps the Vatican should revisit the views of Henry VIII.

    June 25, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Hi, JIF.
    Henry's views on divorce?
    Off with her head!

    Does everyone benefit from home monitoring when awaiting sentencing?
    Then he shouldn't either.

    June 25, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. s kel

    As a catholic myself I have allways stated that both catholic priests and nuns should marry. This old catholic church practice of abstanance has proven to be a bane on the Caholic church. I totally agree with JIF.

    June 25, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |

    Perhaps the church should stop hiring people that put a mark in the check-box for question #38:
    "Do you "like" children?"

    June 25, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    All RC priest's are flight risks. Every single RC archdiocese that has filed for bancruptcy protection to avoid paying resti tution to victims families have shown their desire to help priests known to have comitted statutory boy raype to flee. How so?
    For decades, priests caught by church members raypEing a boy were simply transferred to a different archdiocese, with the police not being called. (as if seperation of church and state was made for them to do this)
    If a convict priest ever made his way to the Vatican, as many criminals have in the past, we would never be able to get him back for prison. The Vatican is like it's own little country above our laws.. Keep him in jail.
    Some of you might recall other corporations doing this in cases where an executive was caught gropeing women at work....simply transferring the exec rather than turning him over to the proper authorities.
    Next case, pls. 🙂 gm Joey.

    June 25, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Yes, every US RC archdiocese is individually incorporated. 11 have filed for ch. 11 bancruptcy protection from having to pay for damages done to the boys and their families.
    If not for this, we could sue the Vatican.(gm, banasy...and ty and chrissy for your kind words spoken concerning the fires burning down my home state. Hopefully, the US Air Force will keep their word and finally allow some of their C-130s be used to help citizens fighting terrorists at home. arsonists.

    June 25, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    They are flight risks, Joey. They've done it before. No home monitoring for convict priests or bishops.
    This is baby-step one as governments begin turning on organized religions riding on the backs of taxpayers.
    Abolish ALL organized religions. ty

    June 25, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    GM, s kel!

    June 25, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Gm, Philip.
    I hope that help is underway; I would not want to see any more devastation done to CO.
    Enough is enough.

    June 25, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ Philip:
    I have thought of you during the fires, but I was travelling and did not post often.
    I send you every good thought during this dangerous time.

    June 25, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    @banasy. Our fires have been labled "tier one" and so are now recieving help from everywhere. (except the US Air Force) Over half of our entire nations foreest fire fighters are risking life and limb to save us and our property.
    We had a huge setback yesterday as some very wealthy citizens decided to ignore mandatory evacuations. Firefighters had to break-off fighting the forrest fire to go protect the lives of these idiots. Let their dang mansions burn and save trillions of dollars worth of wood to build them new ones. Sheesh. Reminds me of people who think "riding the storm out" doesn't hurt others.

    June 25, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rascal Rabble

    bad ruling...just as bad as the ravi ruling...reinterpreted and misapplied law...

    June 25, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. fernace

    I'm tired of priests & RCC hierarchy getting a slap on the wrist when they deserve prison! The r.a.pe of kids, in this case boys, has to stop & pedophiles need a strong message! Will there be another trial for the priest, I hope? Sounds like a mistrial if they couldn't render a verdict! Please don't let him loose on society, he's a danger to kids everywhere! At least the jurors in Sandusky's trial got it right!!

    June 25, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      the priest you referenced r.a.p.e.d. no one...the premise of his conviction should be equally applied to the boys scouts, the school board, really anyone...hell penn state coporate staff should be convicted too...this is clearly persecution of the cloth...

      June 25, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |

    Let the man alone, let him enjoy his retirement years in the warmth and security of his catholic faith.
    While the whole of the Catholic Organization should of been on trial it was not, the penalty for his crime of home imprisonment is being used already for even worse case offenders.
    GOD was not even called as a witness as CEO of the organization; would be nice to hear his views.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    I agree!
    Their stupid ostentatious temples to their egos should burn!
    How dare they think they are more important than the beautiful State whose land their mansions sit upon....

    June 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
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