25 Jul 2012

Clergyman sentenced to prison for cover-up

12:33 pm on 25 July 2012

A clergyman in the United States found guilty of covering-up claims of child sex abuse, has been sentenced to up to six years in prison.

Monsignor William Lynn will serve at least three years for endangering the victim of a former priest convicted in 1999 of sexual assault.

The priest was sent to live in a new parish, where he assaulted an altar boy.

Lynn supervised hundreds of priests in his role as secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

He was convicted last month - the most senior clergyman to be convicted in connection to the Catholic Church scandal in the United States.

Prosecutiors had sought a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.