Priest Charged With Child Endangerment Says He Never Supervised Kids

Monsignor says he never supervised or cared for children in the archdiocese

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    Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
    Monsignor William Lynn

    A high-ranking church official in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia will seek to challenge evidence that led prosecutors to charge him with child endangerment.

    Monsignor William Lynn will demand a preliminary hearing Friday to see if the charge should be upheld. His lawyers say the former secretary for clergy never supervised or cared for children in the archdiocese, and cannot be charged with endangering them.

    Prosecutors say a 124-page grand jury report is enough to send the case to trial. The grand jury alleged Lynn transferred priests with sex-abuse histories to new parishes without sufficient warning.

    Two other priests, an ex-priest and a former Catholic school teacher are also due in court on child-rape charges.

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    Lynn is the first U.S. Catholic church official charged in the priest sex-abuse scandal.